What is it?
School Councils are democracy, a British value, in action. The School Council of St James’ CE Primary consists of representatives from each class, from Year 1 to Year 6. The Council meets frequently, at least once every half-term, to express views and make decisions.
Staff are always keen to know the views of our pupils. For example, following curriculum-themed weeks we meet with the School Council to know more about what went well – councillors tell us they enjoy mixing classes and working with children from different year groups.
Recent decisions have included how to improve the outdoor areas around the school. We did this successfully and now have an outdoor multi-gym that all the children can use.
Each year, the council makes the final decision as to what charity the school supports over the course of the year. The School Council are sometimes even involved in the recruitment of staff in school.
Representatives of the School Council are very much active citizens.
At St James’ CE Primary, our Christian distinctiveness is important to us. As such, our School Council plays an active role in considering the distinctiveness of our school, expressing views and making decisions on the church aspects of our school.
Staff are always keen to know the views of our pupils. For example:
- Which parts of collective worship do they enjoy?
- Which parts of collective worship do they find most meaningful?
- Do the children know the school’s Christian values?
The councillors have been involved in deciding which Christian values are important to them and our school. They also have a say in our collective worship and they help plan/lead a collective worship every term.
Recent decisions have included music for collective worship and our school’s
Every year, pupils at St James’ CE Primary elect school councillors from each class. Based on election speeches, they vote for the candidate who they think will represent them best. If you want to be part of the School Council, tell your teacher when it’s close to election time and prepare your speech well. In the meantime, make sure you let your current class councillors know your views!