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?

Over the years the School Council has been instrumental in suggesting many new initiatives that the school has adopted.

The introduction of the new House Point Collection System and House Tee shirts were pivotal to changing pupils' attitude to their Houses and healthy competition between the Houses has been rife ever since.

A trouser and shorts option for girls was at the forefront of another submission by the School Council for consideration. The new uniform came into place last year and is much appreciated by many girls across the year groups.

Environmental issues are always discussed and after a group of Year 1 children promoted the idea of reducing single use plastic around the school, the School Council took it to heart and were vociferous in their bid to bring the whole school community together for this initiative with great success.

A Tuck Shop, the introduction of an assembly day per week where pupils from different faiths can recite their own prayers, are amongst recent initiatives and the ideas continue to flow in.

We value the views of our pupils on every aspect of school life and continue to nurture a culture where all children feel listened to, respected and empowered. Through their involvement, our pupils in turn develop valuable personal and social skills such as listening skills and team work. We are very proud of them all.

 

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

 

01 Stay Safe    02 Try Your Best    03 Respect School Property

04 Treat Others    05 Represent    06 Be Green