School Council

Every child has a Voice

Each year voting takes place in every classroom, for the children who have campaigned to be elected to the School Council.

What is a School Council?

A School Council is a group of pupils who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their School.

What does it do?

A School Council meets (with a teacher present) to discuss and sort out problems and ideas. These may include school lunches, behaviour, business plans or ideas for fundraising events. Members of the School Council will be responsible for carrying out ideas that they have agreed, such as planning charity events, School workshops, meeting with Governors or other communities, putting forward views of other children in the School.

What jobs are there?

Each year, every class elects two representatives, a Councillor and Deputy Councillor to be members of the School Council. The Council will then meet to elect Officers such as:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice-Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

What makes a good School Council?

A good School Council is one that represents the views of the children and gets things done. These are some of the things that make our School Council effective:

  • Regular meetings
  • Good communication between Representatives and their class
  • Smaller groups (sub-committees) working on specific events or issues

Do they get things done?

Good School Councils do get things done – our examples include:

  • Improved playground and field equipment
  • Introduced Freedom Fridays which they presented to children in Worship
  • Introduced a new house point system and decided on a reward system
  • Had a part in designing the new school building

Do you get out of lessons?

School Council meets during a whole School worship, so valuable lesson time is not missed.

What is the School Council history?

School Councils have been around for about 40 years, but now with PSHE being taught, there are many more around. The School Council plays a very important role in school life. They attend regular meetings and discuss important issues which may affect the pupils, staff and parents of St James’ CE Primary and the surrounding community. When necessary, the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson often put forward a motion to the other Councillors to invite visitors to the meetings to discuss particular projects. Minutes are recorded by the elected Council Secretary.