Oliver’s Battery has a very active School Council who support the staff, the Governors and most importantly, really ensure that the pupils within the whole school are able to have their opinions heard.
The Council has two representatives from each year group (years 1-6). The pupils are selected by a voting system from each year group. Potential Councillors prepare a presentation for their year group on why they feel that they would be good at representing the pupils and the children then vote for their rep.
We have a wonderful group of pupils on our current School Council who support each other to make sure that everyone has a say, even our youngest members.
School Councillors have lots of varied tasks:
- Showing people around the school and explaining about the different classes; they are always keen to show off our amazing school grounds!
- Meeting with Governors to discuss the views of the pupils during the Governing Body monitoring visits. These have included showing books and art work, discussing educational visits and explaining how and why they feel safe in school
- Lunch with the Governors so that they can talk in a more informal setting
- Meeting with Inspectors and advisors from the Local Education Authority
- Deciding on charities that the school will support during the academic year
- Helping at school events
- Bids for funding from the PTA and ideas for school improvement
The School Council also works on projects which have been generated by the whole school community:
Pupils were very keen to further enhance the use of our wonderful grounds and have a developed a project to create new school allotments in conjunction with a group of parents. We have already had a grounds preparation day ready for building the raised beds and the group met with an expert on how to manage this which was very interesting. We are looking forward to being able to grow, to cook with and eat some of our produce!
The School Council have consulted with staff and pupils around new Ambassador Awards for years 1-6 that recognise consistent high standards of behaviour, conduct and contribution to the school community. The badges are ordered and we look forward to adding this to the range of ways that we congratulate pupils on their efforts.