The School Council is a great opportunity for pupils to get involved in the running of the school. It is made up of representatives from each year group. These representatives are elected in September by the students and, along with the Head Students, act as the official voice of all the students. The Council discusses and decides on things that matter to the students and are important for the whole school.
The Council meet regularly (every two weeks).
Why do we have a School Council?
- A School Council benefits the whole school
- It gives students the chance to express their views
- Students can have an input on important decisions
- Students can develop confidence and communication skills
Aims of the Council:
- To represent the student body
- To gather the views of students about improving the school
- To consider ideas and proposals for the further improvement and development of the school, making sure that agreed priorities are incorporated in an action plan and then monitored and reviewed regularly
- To present proposals to other key groups within our community, including: the Leadership Team, Governors, Teachers, the Site Team, Catering Team, PTFA
- To publicise the role and work of the council in order to raise awareness
- To help organise/participate in events in school which are linked to these aims, such as: assemblies, whole school events like the sponsored walk, social functions
- To organise the election for head students each year, including interviewing potential candidates and short-listing those who will go forward to the Hustings, running the election process and counting the votes.
Rules and regulations
The Council agrees a set of rules called the Terms of Reference. It is currently reviewing these and will this year produce a constitution, which will explain its role and how it works in more detail.
The Council is keen to expand its role and include more students in its work. As a result it is developing committees, each of which will focus on a different aspect of school life. The principal purpose of each committee is to make recommendations on how school life can be improved for the benefit of all. These recommendations will be presented to the Council, Leadership Team and Governors. Each committee will meet once every half term and will be supported by senior members of staff. The committees are:
- Student Welfare
- Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
- Catering and Health
- Campus (site)
- Sixth Form
What has the School Council done?
- Introduced the House system
- Led the campaign for Centre 6
- Supported the introduction of junior prefects
- Contributed to the School Rewards policy
- Carried out a whole school survey of student views about school life
- Decides which charities are supported by the whole school on the sponsored walk
- Decides on when to have Non Uniform Days
- Decides which charities are supported by Non Uniform Days.
- Helped to redesign the school uniform
- Provided advice on the introduction of cashless catering
- Provided advice on the bids for the catering contract
- Met with politicians and inspectors when they have visited the school
Who would make a good school councillor?
Someone who has the following qualities:
- A good listener and speaker
- A team player
- Interested to learn more about our school
- Keen to make a contribution to improving our school
- Able to represent the views of others in your year group
- Able and willing to speak to your year group at assembly about the Council?
- Willing to give up some of your own time to this post
- Has lots of good ideas
- Sets a good example to others
Why should you join the School Council?
It's your school!
- It is a great opportunity to have your say and help direct the way the school goes.
- You meet students from other year groups and hear the views of others.
- You get to know the teachers more and can speak directly to members of the Leadership Team, including the Head and the Chair of Governors.
- It is a chance to develop your confidence and public speaking.
- It improves your employability and looks great on a CV.
Would you like to know more about the Council or the Committees?
- Speak to Mr Cully, the Head Students or your Year Reps.