School Council

Why do we have a School Council?

  • To see the school from a child’s point of view
  • To help children develop responsible attitudes
  • To improve behaviour throughout the school
  • To create a feeling of belonging, encourage listening to others and develop self-confidence
  • To enhance pupil / teacher relationships.

How do the School Council representatives get chosen?

Each new school year there is an election campaign in September. If you would like to be nominated for school council you need to make a poster explaining why you’re the right person for the job. Each class are reminded of the roles and responsibilities of the representatives and the skills needed for the role.

Every child who wishes to be considered for the role then gives a small presentation to the class. This enables the class to have an informed choice about who they would like to vote for. At the end of September an election takes place by secret ballot where the epresentatives across KS2 are elected.

What happens if I don’t get nominated?

Don’t worry if you don’t get nominated this time. You are still an important voice in the school. The School Council are representatives of your class but they speak for everyone, not just themselves. They need to share all ideas and concerns.

We always like to keep those people who are really keen as reserves so that they can take part in some activities too.

How do I raise an issue or idea?

Tell your class representative your idea or concern or put a note in the School Council suggestion box in your classroom.

What happens to my concern or idea?

Your class representative collates all the ideas and issues at the workshops and decides which issues should be put on the agenda for discussion at the next school council meeting.

When do the School Council meetings take place?

Informal workshops take place every Friday at lunchtime with Mrs Day, our link teacher. Formal School Council meetings take place once a half term.

How do I find out what happened to my idea or concerns?

  • Talk to your class representative
  • Class representatives will feed back to their class as soon as possible after the formal meetings to inform the class of what went on
  • Minutes of the meetings will be put on the School Council notice board and posted on the Sacred Heart website.

What else might the School Council do?

  • Fundraise
  • Discuss school policies such as Anti-Bullying and behaviour policies
  • Take part in the interview process for new staff
  • Take part in Young View meetings where they meet other school council members from other schools and discuss issues affecting young people today in Torbay
  • Lead assemblies
  • Give guided tours of the school to visitors.

How will I know who the class representatives are?

  • All class representatives are displayed clearly on the school council notice board
  • Check the School Council pages on the school website.