At St Cyprians, we value the voice of our pupils. They know that this is their school and their thoughts and ideas matter!
Class elected representatives take part in School Council meetings. The council is in place so that all pupils have a voice and are involved in decisions about the school that affect them. Through these meetings, all pupils have the opportunity to raise issues, share ideas and take part in discussions that involve all of their classmates in reaching a democratic solution.
Every September we hold our elections for school council. Children who wish to stand each year write a manifesto which they share with their year group. All the children from Year 1 up and staff then get to vote at our Polling Station for the candidates they prefer. Children are taught about democracy and the electoral system of the UK as part of the election process.
Our School Council aims to encourage our children to:
- Develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities.
- Prepare them to play an active role as citizens.
- Develop healthy, safer lifestyles.
- Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people.
- To have a “voice” and to share their opinions and ideas with others.
Our School Council aims to ensure our children have:
- A safe, happy and fair learning environment
- A forum to voice their concerns and act upon them
- A structured opportunity to learn problem-solving skills
- An opportunity to take an active role in the organisation of the school
- An opportunity to experience a democratic process
Our School Council should encourage pupils to develop:
- A sense of ownership over policy and practice
- A consensus over school issues such as behaviour
- A responsibility towards the school community and environment
Our School Council should give pupils the experience of:
- Planning, organising and monitoring small projects
- Expressing themselves confidently
- Developing leadership skills
- Being ambitious
- Mediation and negotiating skills
- Basic budgeting and managing money
Our School Council aims to prepare our pupils for citizenship by teaching them about roles, rights and responsibilities within the school system.