The school council are exceptionally important to Lower Peover, ensuring that there is a strong pupil voice, this is underpinned by our school’s vision and it’s associated values which develop aspiration in all pupils. One of the key purposes of the School Council is to connect our school community with our Ugandan and Melanesian links, supporting external charities and providing opportunities for pupils to engage in social action and to challenge injustice.
Who we are?
There are two school council members in each class and four members in Year 6:
- Year 1 – Xander and Frankie
- Year 2 – Eric and Erin
- Year 3 – Abi and Harry
- Year 4 – Darcey and Austin
- Year 5 – Tom J and India
- Year 6 – George (Head Boy), Rhianna (Head Girl), Freya (Deputy Head Girl), Max (Deputy Head Boy)
School Council and Team Captains
Our school council was formed to give our students a forum to speak and to ensure their voice is heard.
The council is a democratically elected group of pupils who represent their peers and enable students to become partners in their own education, making a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos.
Classes from Year 1 to 5 are represented by two elected members. In Year 6, four members are elected, this year they take on the roles of Head Boy and Girl and Deputy Head Boy and Girl.
The School Council meets fortnightly under the guidance of Miss Moores. They plan an agenda for each meeting. The head boy and girl lead the meeting and notes are taken so that a record of the meeting can be recorded. The minutes of each meeting are kept on file and displayed on the school council noticeboard.
Following meetings the class representatives report back to their classes. They consult their class to gain ideas and views. All class reps have a school council book which is used to gather their responses and then to feedback to the school council at the next meeting.
The impact of the School Council is noticeable in two main areas: firstly teachers can be sure that all pupils have an opportunity to suggest changes to school life, based on our school Christian vision and the associated values which underpin relationships at all levels in the school community. This enables pupils to disagree well, and to practice forgiveness and reconciliations.
Secondly the impact of being a councillor leaves pupils with a real understanding of corporate/global responsibility and civic pride which continues to impact on their behaviour both in and out of school. Part of their role is to act as a first port of call for any worries/problems children may be having. This supports the children’s good mental health and gives them a sense of belonging that embraces and celebrates difference.
Prior to meeting they take it in turns to check the worries/suggestions box and act upon any concerns/ideas and report any actions taken/suggestions made to the rest of the school council meeting. In addition, on the playground they check if anybody is alone/sitting on the buddy bench and intervene as/when necessary to ensure everybody is feeling happy, safe and secure in school.
The School Council have an annual budget that is spent on School Improvement. In addition, they arrange fundraising occasions to raise money for charity and for their school.
This year, the school council have helped to evaluate and suggest improvements to our school behaviour policy. They have used pupil voice to identify priorities for the upcoming year including:
- improving lunchtime activities and resources (both for the playground and indoor/wet play
- a programme of fundraising activities to help resource their plans
- ensuring our outdoor classroom is utilised more, both in lesson and break times
- improvements to the toilets (brighter paint colour)
- reinstatement of the privilege of meal choice for year 6
- more team competitions
- complete a learning walk looking at displays and learning environments both in and around school, linked to spirituality
- help write a pupil friendly version of the marking policy and behaviour policy
- begin to display achievements, priorities, minutes of meetings and ways they can be contacted on the school council noticeboard
- pupil voice regarding after school clubs to see if a variety of interests being catered for
Fundraising Activities and Projects
The School Council will regularly update you via the school news blog about all the fun things that the school has been a part of that half term, such as sporting events, competitions and guest speakers in assembly.