...leadership in class and at a whole school level has been very strong... (Parent comment)
Each year, the School Council members are elected by peers and they serve to represent the pupils in the school on a variety of issues, such as regeneration of a part of the playground, esafety issues and collating opinions on aspects of teaching and learning.
Over the past three years the role of the School Council developed to include taking part in monitoring children's learning by accompanying the leadership team to look for evidence of good learning attitudes around the school. They also interview the Chair of Governors and head teacher as part of their work on school leadership and feed back to Governors in a Full Governing Body meeting. They have visited other schools and come back to school to share new ideas and fed back to the whole school.
School Councillors 2018-19
The focus was: writing development (particularly spelling) and working to develop children's learning behaviours by teaching a mastery curriculum across all classes. Children supported work on spelling badges and a new initiative that saw a definite improvement in the quality of spelling.
A major achievement was preparing artwork for The Lodge at Burcot Grange residential care home based on people connected with the Burcot Grange house. This artwork will be on display in the four lounges at The Lodge.
School Councillors 2019-20
The focus was: developing support for children to 'live well' alongside our school values and we welcomed Hetty, our school dog. Children designed a programme for Hetty and everyone welcomed her into school. She helped everyone enjoy school that little bit more.
Due to COVID-19, other work was postponed and will carry forward into 2020-21 but during lockdown the School Councillors did a super job creating messages and posters with advice on how to enjoy lockdown.
School Councillors 2020-21
During 2019-20 the School Councillors will focus on:
-helping Hetty support children in school and
-plan and lead an in school Arts Festival and a cross school Arts Festival of dance; music and art on a 'Rainbow Children' theme. We will be composing our own school song to share with our families. This will support the school's work on helping everyone return to school positively.
Quotations from school councillors: