School Council at Heron Way Primary School
At Heron Way Primary School pupils are encouraged to take an active role in decisions about the school that affect them. Each year every pupil is offered the opportunity to stand for the role of school council representative for their class. Each pupil then votes for the class representative from those who wish to stand.
The school council meets fortnightly throughout the year and school council members have the opportunity to raise issues, share ideas and take part in discussions that all involve all of their classmates in reaching a democratic decision.
A key area that the school council decide on is fundraising for charities. They select from the many requests received by the school and help to organise fun events and raise awareness of charitable causes on both a local and worldwide scale. Some of these have included Children in Need, Red Nose Day and St Catherine’s Hospice.
In the past, the school council have also taken part in a taste testing session for proposed new school meals, in conjunction with Chartwells, our hot meal provider. This exciting opportunity gave them a chance to give their feedback and make a difference to decisions being made about the new menu on offer at lunchtimes.
Recently the school council have been involved in choosing new playground equipment and evaluating the use of different areas of the school by pupils at break and lunchtimes. They have made suggestions about improvements we could make to our classrooms, following a walk-round and reviewed our team-points system, which was set up by the previous school council.
During this year, the school council are meeting with representatives from the different groups in the Heron Way School community. They are setting up discussions with the Chair of the PTA, a representative of the governing body and the senior management of the school, to give them an insight into how important decisions are made about the school and how the school council play a part in giving the pupils’ voice within our school community.