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Mayespark Primary School

Mayespark Primary School

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School Council                      

What does it do?                                                  See the Minutes of meetings here

The school council does a number of things:

 

  • The school council meets, with a teacher present - to discuss and sort out problems. These may include school lunches, behaviour or ideas for fundraising events.
  • Members of the school council are responsible for carrying out the ideas that have been agreed, such as planning discos, writing newspaper articles, or meeting with catering staff.

What are the aims of the school council?

  • To make sure that our school is a safe and happy place for children.
  • To make sure that children have a place to voice their concerns.
  • To encourage all children in the school to suggest improvements.
  • To make sure any suggestions or concerns are listened to and acted upon.

What is a school council?

A school council is group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school.

What jobs are there?

Each year, an election day is held.  Pupils who wish to be on the school council each write a manifesto, explaining why they would make a good school council representative.

Pupils are encouraged to campaign for votes before and after school in the playground. On election day, every pupil from Year 2-6 votes for one candidate from each class who they wish to be on the school council. 

The new council then elects officers such as:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

What makes our school council a good one?

A good school council is one that represents the views of all students and gets things done.

These are some things that make our school council effective:

  • Regular meetings
  • A council that is not too big (13 members)
  • Class councils that meet regularly
  • Good communication between representatives and their class
  • Training for school council members
  • Smaller groups (subcommittees) working on specific events or issues

What has our school council done?

  • Held at least 3 fundraising events each year to raise money for a local, national and international charity
  • Purchased mirrors for pupil toilets
  • Arranged for more bins to be in the playground to help keep the school tidy
  • Met with the school catering company to give ideas to redesign school dinners and menu
  • Re-designed the school cafeteria and lunch menu
  • Organised a Diamond Jubilee day for the whole school
  • Made important decisions to help improve playtimes
  • Run a graffiti competition, resulting in a reduction of graffiti in the school