Why do we have a School Council ?
The School's Council is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way the school is run.
The School Council benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made within school.
Councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. It is the responsibility of each Councillor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of all the other pupils they represent.
Members of the Council meet regularly with Mrs Mills and take part in discussions about the school, they also feedback any relevant information to their class and to members of the Senior Leadership Team. At times they are requested to ask their class for ideas or take class votes relating to discussions by the Council. Our School Council representatives play and an active part in promoting positive change. During the summer term representatives helped to provide ideas of how to improve our KS1 outdoor area. This was transformed over the summer break and now looks fantastic! The School Council will be discussing how the KS2 outdoor areas could be changed, watch this space!
On Friday 30th November 2018, special guests local ward Councillors C. Nicholls and R. James visited Old Clee Primary Academy to talk about British Values and how they became elected to represent the interests of people in our local community. Pupils, staff and parents watched as they presented the newly-elected members of the School Council with their yellow jumpers which will allow them to be identified easily and quickly by pupils and staff alike. Our School Council members have been invited to attend a tour of the Town Hall in Grimsby so they can experience where local meetings take place and ask questions to local Councillors about how they represent the voices of people in our local area. Watch this space to find out more about the visit!
Children that were interested in becoming School Council members had to prepare a short presentation to their class that set out why they felt they would be suitable for the role of a School Councillor. Children had to think carefully about qualities that would support being a School Council representative, these included being a good listener, organised, reliable and a positive role model to others. Voting was carried out anonymously as each pupil placed their vote into the class ballot box.