What is a School Council?
A school council is a formal group of pupils within a school who are elected by their peers to represent their interests and viewpoint.
Why have a School Council?
School Councils align with Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child (UNCRC) which says that children should have a say in decisions that affect their lives. A school council provides a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views considered in decisions that impact their educational experience.
At West Grove, our School Council empowers pupils and encourages active participation in the school community. It also serves as a practical lesson in democracy, teaching pupils how to express their ideas and bring about positive changes based on their personal needs and interests.
At the beginning of every year, pupils from years 2 – 6 who want to be a School Council Representative, stand for election. They present their goals and explain why they would be an effective school representative for their class. Each class then votes for their School Council Representative following a democratic process. The elected representatives are introduced in a school assembly and their pictures are taken and displayed so that everyone is clear who is on the School Council.
School Council Representative’s role
- Encourage pupils to recognise that their opinions are of value and the importance of their voices being heard.
- Help their peers in learning how to express their views effectively
- Attend meetings and bring forward the opinions and ideas of their class
- Inform their class of decisions made during meetings and the current focus of the school council
School Council meetings
During each meeting, School Council Representatives report on the tasks from the previous meeting, ensuring that the voices of their class are heard in discussions. Representatives sometimes vote during meetings about which actions to focus on and prioritise, which are then shared with their classes. These decisions can influence school-wide choices and policies.
West Grove School Councillors 2023-2024
Amber – Ani and Dorian
Saffron – Sarah and Daniel
Emerald – Georgina and David
Jade – Leopold and Sofia
Topaz – Bella and Sebastian
Sapphire – Emilio and Isabella
Amethyst – Helan and George
Indigo – Saavan and Elena
Platinum – Rishi and Noemy
Diamond – Aysin and Leila