What is a School Council?
A school council is a group of pupils within the school who are elected by their peers to represent them and their views.
Why have a School Council?
There are many reasons why we have a School Council at Alfred Sutton. It provides a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them. It can improve many aspects of school life and is a useful way for us as a school to provide leadership and development opportunities for the pupils.
School Council at Alfred Sutton Primary
The School Council at Alfred Sutton represents the views of all pupils. It gives children the opportunity to make their voices heard and helps all children feel part of the whole school community.
At Alfred Sutton, every class from Year 2 to Year 6 chooses a representative to be a member of the Council. In September, each child is given the opportunity to apply for the role and all pupils in a class will vote for their representative in a fair election. We also take this opportunity to discuss how elections work in real life and the importance of voting.
What does our School Council do?
We hold regular meetings to discuss ways in which we can improve our school. The councillors present the views of their classmates around a range of issues and the councillors then provide feedback through class discussions and assemblies.
In previous years, the School Council has had an impact on improving playtime equipment and input on changes to class names to name but a few.
During the last year, we have been working hard alongside the Eco Club on ways that we can make Alfred Sutton a greener and more eco-friendly school. Our main achievement this year has been the introduction of a compost bin and promoting healthier snacks at break-time across the school. Next year, we will continue our work on eco-issues discussed throughout this year, as well as making further improvements to school.