Our School Council
School Councils are democratically elected groups of pupils who represent their peers and provide children with opportunities to become partners in their own education, making a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos.
At Shoreham Village School, elections are held during the first term of the new academic year. Following a class discussion with the teacher on the role of the council, children are invited to put themselves forward for nomination and give a short presentation to their class. The children then vote for their chosen girl and boy.
The children are encouraged to be involved with the running of their school and any issues they wish to raise or suggestions they wish to make are considered by the Council and appropriate action is taken. This gives the children a feeling of ownership as they know their views are valued, discussed and acted upon.
Why we have a School Council
Projects inspired by the views of our School Council
The children asked if they could raise funds to purchase play equipment by running a stall at the Christmas Bazaar. They planned and organised games and enlisted the help of relatives to make jams, tea-cosies and other items to sell.
The children were keen to extend the opportunities for club activities at lunchtime and offered to set up and run clubs for pupils throughout the school. They created a questionnaire to seek the views of all pupils on which clubs would be popular and then voted for Year 6 pupils to run the clubs. The clubs included: Football, Film and Street Dance and have proved to be very popular.
The children felt that litter on the playground was an issue. They spoke to the whole school in an Assembly they had prepared and set up a poster campaign to raise awareness of the issue. They raised funds to buy new, attractive bins and were delighted that their actions had an immediate and long-lasting impact on the behaviours of pupils and their school environment.