Pupil councils are democratically elected groups of pupils who represent their peers and enable children to become partners in their own education, making a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos.
St John’s Primary School has a thriving Pupil Council. Council 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 whole of the Council Body 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 Pupil Council
- A school is a community: pupil councils help to make this community harmonious and good to live in.
- Pupil councils enable pupils to make a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos.
- Every child learns to listen to others and to recognise themselves as a worthwhile individual with a right to be heard.
- Children learn self-confidence and social skills.
- From a young age, children are challenged to be responsible for their behaviour towards each other and towards their teachers and helpers.
- Contributing to their class and school community allows children to grow in self-esteem.
- Every child learns from their own experience how to contribute to society as a whole and what it means to be an active citizen.
Projects inspired by the views of our Pupil Council
Harvesting and preserving food
The children asked if they could organise a profit making enterprise, where profit can be donated to children where poor harvests are life threatening. Our younger pupils visited Stonepitts Farm to sample and pick strawberries. Back in school pupils followed instructions to make jam whilst others designed and created labels and lids. The marketing team seeked sponsors, investigated competitive pricing and organised advertising campaign.
This production model was extended to Elderflower cordial and a range of chutneys made ready for our Christmas Fair. All profits were donated to the children’s chosen charity.
School Tuck Shop
The children were keen to offer a tuck shop for their friends in all year groups. Having obtained the permission from Mrs Quirk they set about researching tuckshops in other schools, budgeting and advertising this new venture to all parents.