Ashburnham Road, Penenden Heath, Maidstone, ME14 2JG
Mrs L Downes
What is the School Council?
The purpose of the School Council is to represent the views and opinions of pupils and to be a forum for active and constructive pupil input into the daily life of the school. Each class in year groups 1 – 6 has an elected representative and deputy. Class elections take place in July each year.
The School Council benefits the whole school as it gives opportunities for pupils to communicate feelings and opinions to teachers and support staff as well as influencing decisions that are made.
Issues that might be discussed in the school council meetings include:
- Pupil Survey questions, responses and action to be taken
- Friendship issues and playtime problems
- School equipment
- School and charity fundraising
- School meals facilities in school
How the School Council works
The School Council representatives meet at least once each month during the school year. They are given the opportunity to discuss any issues raised by their peers or by a member of staff and later that day, time to feedback to their class. Occasionally visitors from outside school will attend meetings to promote an activity or to ask for support or opinions. The meetings are led and minuted by the member of staff responsible for the School Council.
The role of a School Council Representative
Pupils who are elected have been given a very important job to do in the school. Pupils are expected to
- attend all meetings (deputies to attend if representative is absent)
- talk to the classes they represent, feedback information and share ideas and opinions with the School Council
- have ideas to share with the Council
- speak with confidence
- consider and respect the views of others
- be identifiable by wearing the school council badge