What is a School Council?
A School Council is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way a school is run. It benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers, because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made.
The Kew College School Council
Kew College has an active School Council with a boy and girl representing their fellow pupils from each class in the Junior House and Year 2. Each councillor is elected by their classmates at the beginning of the school year after a short presentation in which they explain why they should be elected. The School Council is overseen by a member of our Junior House staff. It is the responsibility of each Councillor to discuss ideas with their classes and to ensure that they express and summarise both their own views and the views of all the pupils they represent to the staff member. This gives them the opportunity to demonstrate and enhance their communication, listening and negotiation skills. They also consolidate their learning of the importance of being fair, approachable and assertive.
What has the School Council done so far?
Last year the School Council was involved in setting up a new House Point collection system and making changes to the school uniform by introducing the wearing of House colours on Sports days and a skort (a pair of shorts with the appearance of a skirt) for the junior girls' Games uniform.
Previously, the School Council consulted their peers for opinions on the current school rules and sanctions policy. These have been updated and adapted to reflect the unique and versatile children at Kew College. The School Council representatives have also been integral in the writing of our new five school rules that keep Kew College a safe, happy and fair learning environment for everyone. This has been named "The Kew College Way" and allows all children from Nursery to Year 6 to have ownership over their school. The School Council is encouraged to support our school's chosen charity by planning and running a stall at our Summer Fair. Last year, the children raised over £100 for Barnfield Riding for the Disabled.
What do the children in Junior House feel about the School Council?
Through the School Council, our children feel that they have the opportunity to let the school know their feelings and opinions about things that affect them. They also feel that they have a say about decisions, and are able to play an active role in making their school a better place. Our School Council members wear their badges on their uniform with pride and are always willing to look at new ideas from other children in the school community, keeping an open dialogue between the staff and pupils.
You can see who our School Council members are and what they have to say, on our Parent Portal.
The Kew College Way