Our pupils play an important part in the running of the school. We feel it is important that their voice is heard and that they have a say in how the school develops. Here are some of the ways that children are encouraged to express themselves:
Every class from Year 2 to Year 6 sends two representatives to regular School Council meetings. Chaired by the children themselves, but assisted by a teacher, the Council has a number of functions:
- to discuss issues raised by the reps’ classmates
- to make proposals for changes in areas highlighted in Council meetings (e.g. playground equipment)
- to organise fundraising efforts to pay for proposed projects
- to discuss matters of concern or interest with the Head Teacher
- to take part in interviews for new members of staff
Our Year 6 pupils are very responsible and carry out a range of duties around the school, helping to keep things running smoothly. Some are attached to individual members of staff; others help younger children at lunchtimes or distribute registers or monitor the cloakrooms.
Every Child Matters
In addition to the School Council, pupils are encouraged to voice their views through an annual pupil questionnaire, through the PASS survey which measures Pupils’ Attitudes to Self and School, through the SEAL programme (which explores the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning), and through their day-to-day learning, for example during Philosophy for Children (P4C) lessons. Our House Captains and Vice-Captains proposed, planned, managed and hosted a whole-school talent show called the M Factor.
Older children take part in our Community Project (Click here for details) and have taken part in our Careers Fair and Voluntary Sector Fair.