At Gilberdyke Primary the school council are an important piece of the ever evolving jigsaw that is school development. They form the pupil voice for the school community.
Two children from each class are elected to become their class councillors because they are role models for all other children, are considerate towards others and follow our school expectations to the highest standard.
The school council meets regularly to discuss ideas, thoughts or concerns raised by the children in their class. As a group the children decide on the best way forward and then disseminate their decision back to their class in a ‘circle.’
The children have created and made their own suggestions boxes and age differentiated suggestion slips for both key stage 1 and key stage 2. The children check these boxes regularly and try to act upon the suggestions given.
Examples of the projects our school council members are involved in are:
- Working hard to improve the cleanliness of their outdoor playground space. The council worked tirelessly to design and display litter picking posters, have created their own litter picking teams and have shared their enthusiasm for keeping their grounds clean with children in school
- Selecting new outdoor playground equipment
- Taken part in a visit to Pickering Orchard in Hull to develop their understanding of sustainability, and have worked with other schools to look at learning environments.
Each year a new school council committee is selected by the children in school and new priorities are decided upon. We believe it is imperative that our children’s voices are heard and the school council ensure that this is evidenced in our ongoing school development.