Middlestown Primary Academy School Council
How are the councillors elected?
Here at Middlestown Primary, we have a very active School Council. In September, all children from Year One to Six can put themselves forward to become a school council member. They make a short speech about why they believe they would be a good ambassador for their class. Their class then vote and the three children with the most votes go forward for the School Council Elections that are held in the hall. During these elections, the children vote on special voting slips; the voting is completed in booths and pupils place their voting slip in a ballot box. The votes are then added up and the girl and boy with the most votes are assigned as the school councillors for their class.
What is the role of the Middlestown’s School Council?
School councillors hold weekly meetings with their classes. They run to a set agenda and they make notes in their books to then feedback to the rest of school council during their weekly meetings with Mrs Sholi. Mrs Sholi guides the meetings but it is school council who decide on the issues they wish to discuss. A typical meeting involves each class sharing feedback regarding their class meetings and school council coming up with ideas to solve any issues they may have. During meetings, they also discuss any community issues. In the past the community issues we have focused on are road safety, speeding through the village and dog fouling. This year the focus is litter.
The School Council also organise all charity fundraising events in school. Often raising thousands every year for different charities. They hold assemblies to promote or share any other projects they are working on. School Council feedback is also a regular item on the teachers’ staff meeting agenda, which allows the children’s voice to be fed into every staff meeting. This enables the teachers to discuss their requests and allows school council to put them into action.
The School Council are also involved in the recruitment of new teachers by producing their own set of questions, which they then ask the candidates as part of the interview process.
School Councillors unanimously feel that their voices are valued and heard and this in turn means that all pupils do, as the school council represent the voices of all the pupils at Middlestown Primary Academy.