The school council is a representative group of students who have been elected by their peers to state their views, propose and take forward initiatives and raise issues with the Senior Leadership Team and Governors of their school. The school council offers students the chance to develop important life-skills, such as leadership, communication and team work, as well as the opportunity to act positively on behalf of others, strengthening the community of our school.
Elections for the school council take place at the beginning of the academic year. Students in each year group put themselves forward for one of two roles:
- tutor representatives - chosen by members of the tutor group to represent their views.
- year representatives - chosen by the year group to meet with the class reps and take their views to the school council.
The election is a blind process and students vote on their basis of the skills and aims of each candidate.
Once the initial ideas for the year have been agreed by each year group, the year reps meet with a member of the Senior Leadership Team to agree the whole school priorities for the year. In this way, the school council provides an important voice within the school community. Issues raised and acted upon by the school council have included: raising money and awareness for mental health charities, changing the marking policy, choosing outdoor fitness equipment for the school and conducting student voice in order to feed back to SLT and governors.
The Inkwell - Student Council Newsletter (May 2019)