Each site has its own school council.
At the both sites, two representatives from each class are elected twice a year to form the school council and children from EYFS join us in term 6.
The children who believe they would make super school councillors create a poster which is displayed in school and then are asked to explain why they would make an effective school councillor. This is followed by a vote in class to elect two representatives. The school council meets at least twice a term to discuss the latest areas for improvement.
During the year, the school councils from both sites will meet to work on a joint project.
School Council 2019-20
The first group of school councillors have been chosen for this year and pictures of them are below
Junior school councillors Infant school councillors
They have been busy discussing the role of a school council and deciding on future projects
This year the junior site school council will be meeting with other school councils from two local schools to discuss wider issues affecting the community.
School Council 2018-19
Junior School Council
Infant School Council
Infant Report T6
The new play equipment and playground rubbish bin chosen by the infant School Councillors. They approached Mrs Isted, the school business manager, and then the FoAPS for funding.
Infant Report T4
Infant Report Term 2
The infant school council working hard on their reports for Mrs Hogg. Well done to Freya, Scott,Hugo, Alfie,George, Rio, Matthew and Elsie for being such super school councillors
Term 1 and 2 report from the Junior Site School Council
So far this year we have had lots of meetings, we have inspected the school and made some suggestions to SLT about ways we think it could be improved and made safer.
We have been in contact with FoAPs via Mr Atkinson about suggestions for future events.
We have run a competition for posters to go in the lunch hall, explaining the rules and judged the entries.
We are about to launch our next competition, which is all about making playtimes more exciting and interesting. We have edited and agreed a flyer and had a meeting with Mr Atkinson about the rules and how we might proceed with the competition.
We are excited to meet our Governor – Peter Hall, who will be attending some of our meetings next term.
We are excited for the new term and looking forward to taking on new projects.
The school council at the Juniors met every fortnight to discuss the ongoing and ever-changing agenda. The councillors brought with them suggestions or topics for conversation that they had gathered from their classes or from the year groups suggestion boxes. These quite often involved suggestions for playground improvements, some far too ambitious! From analysing these suggestions, it was decided that our first task was going to be to improve the playground bin facilities and to provide a larger seating area. After sorting out the logistics and the place where these would go, the improvements were successfully installed and have been gratefully received by the school.
The council's focus was then drawn to creating and presenting a presentation that would be given to the governors. We first invited the governors into the school to view the presentation and then we were invited to the next full governing body meeting which was very exciting and something new for everyone involved.
At the Junior Site, the school council is elected by the pupils annually and we have two representatives from each class. The council meets with Miss Thornham (school council leader) every other Thursday to discuss the focus for the term and what we will do to help improvements for all. The school council was recently responsibly for the decision to purchase new seating and recycling bins for the playground
Inter School Council Meetings
Throughout all of this, the junior site school council, once a term, were meeting with the school council's from two other schools - Rotherfield and St Michaels, Withyham. As a collective, we got a chance to learn about each other's schools through a tour and also saw and discovered how different each of our schools were. Every time we met, there was a general focus for the morning or afternoon. It varied from creating our perfect playground, to learning about 'British Values' to sharing our year as councillors so far.