School Council

School Council Overview

A School Council is a representative group of students who have been proposed and elected by their peers to represent their views and raise issues with the Senior Managers and Governors of the school.


To ensure that all students:

  • Have a voice. Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children and young people have a right to express their views on matters that affect them and to have their views taken into account.
  • Enjoy and feel empowered by their education.
  • Feel that the school responds to their needs and views.
  • Have the opportunity to let adults know their feelings and opinions about things that affect them.
  • Have a say about decisions and to play an active role in making their school a better place.
  • Develop life skills through participation.


Our School Council is made up of 7 student and 2 staff members. Each class elects their own representative. The class teacher outlines the role and responsibilities of the Class Representative. Nominations are then asked for. An election address is given by each person wishing to be elected. This is followed by a vote with the winner duly elected to represent their class. Key Stages 2, 3 & 4 are represented on the Council.

There are a number of officers within the School Council:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

These are elected in the same way as the class representative. One of the staff members explains the roles and responsibilities of each role. Nominations are then asked for and each nominee explains why they would be the best person for that role. The Council then elects their officers.

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