Welcome to our School Council information. This page will give you some idea of the role and responsibilities of our School Council Representatives. Do you think you have what it takes to play an important role in our school and be a leadership voice for you fellow pupils?
School Council at Blackhall Primary School
The Role of Class and School Council
In class, School Council representatives share and discuss ideas for ways to improve our school.
The School Council representative records ideas in our Class Council files to bring to the next School Council meeting for discussion.
We hold Class Council meetings once a month.
School Council meet every other week to discuss the ideas, decide on the most effective ways to change and improve the school and then talk to the people who can help to make it happen.
School Council regularly share news and information about new initiatives and the important things which are achieved.
Together we can help Blackhall Primary School to continue to grow and succeed.
Blackhall Primary School Council Constitution
School Council needs a constitution because it will:
- Provide everyone with a clear statement of purpose
- Set out the rules and procedures to make sure School Council runs effectively and successfully
- Provide clear guidelines for anyone joining School Council
Name of organisation:
Blackhall Primary School Council
- To allow the children at Blackhall Primary School to have a voice
- To help the school and community be a better place
- To help to improve learning in the school
- To raise funds for the school
School Council will be made up of representatives from years 1 – 6.
Each class will elect two representatives who attend meetings and give feedback.
Having been a member of School Council for one year, children will then be unable to represent their class for the following two years to allow opportunity to a wider range of people.
Elections will be run without prejudice or discrimination.
Any class member is entitled to run for School Council and the decision in each class will be made by a secret ballot.
Children wishing to be considered for School Council will need to present a speech to their class giving clear reasons and examples of why they are the most suitable candidate for the job.
Once elected on to School Council as board members, children will be able to apply for specific job roles within the organisation.
These are as follows:
- Chair Person
- Vice Chair Person
- Promotions Officer
- Communication Officer
These roles will be elected by the board using the same election process as for School Council.
Job roles and responsibilities will be shared with all School Council members at the beginning of the year and job specifications will be kept in each class file.
Leaving School Council:
Should a member of School Council wish to resign from their post they must write a letter to the Chair Person giving reasons for their decision.
Once a member has resigned they will not be permitted to reapply for School Council in the future, unless there are circumstances considered to be exceptional by the board (e.g. serious illness).
In these circumstances, a new representative must be elected as soon as possible.
School Council members may be asked to step down from their position if they repeatedly break School Council rules.
Each member has three chances. Should they lose these three chances, they will be asked by the Chair Person to give up their role and leave.
Pupils asked to leave School Council will not be permitted to reapply for a position in the future.
The School Council Rules are as follows:
All School Council members must:
- Be respectful and listen to others
- Contribute or participate actively in meetings
- Follow the school rules and be role models to other pupils
- Model good behaviour at all times
- Be polite and courteous to others
- Not refer to specific individuals or groups during discussions
- Use their position on School Council to support and develop their school and peers and not abuse this position in any way
School Council will meet every two weeks, should additional meetings be required, these will be called as necessary.
The venue and time of meetings will be agreed at the beginning of each school year.
For decisions to be made at a meeting, there must be at least 6 members present (one from each year group wherever possible) and decisions are made through a “show of hands” vote in which the majority rules.
Class Council meetings should be held once a month to discuss and share ideas and feedback. These should be included in class assembly time and circle time as appropriate.