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School council

At Dickens Heath Community Primary School we have a school council for KS1 and a school council for KS2. These are lead by Mrs Atkinson and Ms Burrows.

What is the school council? 
The school council is group of pupils who have been elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve our school.

 What does it do? 
The school council does a number of things:

  • The school council meets – Mrs Atkinson present for KS1 and with Ms Burrows present for KS2 – to discuss and sort out problems. These may include school lunches, behaviour or ideas for fundraising events.
  • Members of the school council will be responsible for carrying out the ideas that have been agreed, such as planning charity events, writing newspaper articles, or meeting with staff.
  • We aim to improve our school’s standards and we always hold class meetings with our teachers and classmates to raise and discuss any problems and try and offer practical solutions.

What jobs are there? 
Each year, every class will normally elect one representative join the school council and a deputy to help them in class meetings and stand in for them if they aren’t able to attend a school council meeting.

The council will then meet to elect officers such as:

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

What makes a good school council? 
A good school council is one that represents the views of all students and gets things done. These are some things that make a council effective:

  • Regular meetings
  • A council that is not too big
  • Class/Form councils that meet regularly
  • Good communication between representatives and their class
  • Training for school council members
  • Smaller groups (subcommittees) working on specific events or issues
  • A bank account or budget (however small)
  • Annual evaluations