Appleton C of E Primary School

School Council

School council is an important part of our school. It helps to shape decisions and allows children to experience working together with other children and collaborating on larger projects.

What does the school council do?

Our school council is a formal group of pupils who act as representatives of their peers in discussing school issues. It’s a brilliant way of representing and contributing to our pupil voice. Pupils are elected by their peers to represent the views of all pupils and also to improve their school. They usually meets with a teacher present to discuss and sort out problems. These could include school lunches, behaviour or ideas for fundraising events. Members of the school council are responsible for bring forward ideas for events and for improving the school.

Year groups 1 -6 will normally elect two representatives to be members of the school council. The school council often support our recruitment process.

Why should we have a school council?

There are lots of reasons why we should have a school council. To begin with, Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives. A school council can provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions that impact upon them. Evidence and experience from schools all over the country shows that a school council that is supported and nurtured helps to improve many aspects of school life. It’s an important and useful way for schools to provide leadership and development opportunities for their pupils.