Our School Council consists of a democratically elected group of children who aim to give every child in the school a voice.
It is made up of 12 children, two from each class from Y1-Y6. At the beginning of each academic year all children are encouraged to nominate themselves as a representative on the School Council. All they need to have is a good manifesto and an honest belief that they will have a confident and positive influence on their school community and environment. School councillors represent the voice and opinions of all the children within our school. Through our School Council we aim to develop young leadership skills, whilst supporting student democracy. Most importantly, our strong team of councillors aim to promote the well-being of the children within our inclusive school.
Once elected the School Council create a ‘vision statement’ and consider areas that they want to be a focus for that academic year. They think about what they want to achieve and how these achievements can improve the school for all pupils. Every child in the school is encouraged to come up with ideas that would enhance their learning, environment, enrichment opportunities and bring about change. These ideas are then fed back to the Principal and SLT via the School Council and the School Council Lead on the different initiatives. Children attend regular meetings and roles of Chair and Secretary are voted for by the councillors and consist of two pupils in Key Stage 2, they are voted in at the first council meeting.
The feedback the School Councillors bring to meetings from their classes is crucial to the on-going success of the system. The team summarise the opinions and views shared by their classes and then this is fed back to the Senior Leadership Team. The children’s ideas are discussed and feedback is given to each class via their School Council representative. Likewise, the School Council is responsible for the consultation process between the school management team and all the children regarding some important decisions that affect them directly. Ideas such as the refurbishment and redesigning of the school library, the development of the outdoor gym, which initiatives and social action projects that they want to engage in as well as being involved in the interview process of many staff at Lambourn School. They have spoken with Parish Councillors and local bodies about how the community can work together on social action projects and initiatives and led our sustainability events like ‘Switch Off Fortnight.
During the past few years the school council has been busy:
- Invited the ‘Friendship Group’ into school for events and celebrations
- Volunteered at the West Berkshire Foodbank
- Created ’50 things to do in Lambourn’ which was circulated across the county
- Spoken with Parish Councillors and local bodies about how the community can work together on social action projects
- Visited the Houses of Parliament to explore the British Values of Democracy & Rule of Law
- Met with Laura Farris MP for Newbury, Berkshire to talk about community issues