'Because Pupil Voice Matters'
Pupil voice is highly regarded here at St Andrew’s. One of the ways pupils can express their ideas is via the School Council. Our School Council is in place so that pupils have a voice and are involved in decisions about the school that affect them.
The School Council meet fortnightly to share and discuss views.
Each class from Key Stage 1 and 2, starting from Year 1 through to Year 6, have one main representative that have been elected by their peers.
The children are enthusiastic members and are keen to fulfil their role as a Councillor.
What do the children think about School Council?
- They think it is important that as a Councillor they represent everyone in school and carry forward ideas from their peers in class.
- They believe they should be an outstanding role model to others in school.
- All think it is important to raise money and give donations for school and other school supported charities.
- School Council is fun and they enjoy coming to meetings to discuss important things.
How does our School Council work?
- At the beginning of the year a School Councillor is nominated after putting themselves forward for the role and then voted for by their classmates.
- Throughout the week each child can approach their School Councillor and they can jot down any issues, concerns or ideas, etc. that they wish to discuss at the School Council meeting into their ‘School Council Pupil Voice Jotter’.
- These can then be brought to School Council meetings to be discussed further by the council.
School Council aims:
- To meet regularly to discuss their views and be heard.
- To organise whole school events
- To organise charity days
- To make sure our school is a happy and safe place for all of our children
- To make sure children have a place to voice their concerns, opinions, and thoughts
- To encourage all children in school to suggest ideas and improvements
- To ensure any suggestions or concerns are listened to and acted upon.
What have we been doing?
- School council planned a Pyjama Day to raise money for Children in Need 2023.
- Our School Council planned a Crazy Hair and Wearing Red theme for Red Nose Day
- School Council helped raise awareness and run the Town Mayor of Cullompton’s Christmas Card Competition.
- We supported the PTFA with discussions, feedback to classes and votes for popular and eco-friendly ideas for Lucky Dip prizes at our School Discos.
- We are currently gathering ideas from our classes for new sports equipment to be used at lunchtimes.