The School Council at West Wimbledon Primary School enables the children to have a say in the running of their school. This pupil voice provides the children with a greater sense of belonging, helps them to become more confident when putting forward ideas and develop a greater understanding of the need to work co-operatively for the good of others.
Our School Council comprises children from Years 1 to 6. Each member of our School Council is elected by their class. Therefore, they represent the views of their class at the meeting, and feedback to their class the discussion points that were addressed at each meeting.
Once a term the School Council attend the School’s Senior Leadership Team meeting, to make suggestions and raise concerns. Years 5 and 6 representatives also attend part of the School’s Full Governing Body meetings.
Our School Council incorporates British Values (which at West Wimbledon Primary School we refer to as our Core Values), in particular the values of ‘democracy’ and ‘the rule of law’. The School Council provides an opportunity to develop respect for democracy and an experience in the democratic process. It also promotes initiative in working positively to improve the lives of children in our school and community.
Some of our changes include:
Play leaders in the both playgrounds to lead playground games;
Involvement in discussions relating to how the children feel about their classroom and playtime experience and how it can be improved further, if necessary;
Setting up of ‘Friendship Stops’ around the school playground;
Taking part in fundraising activities. All proceeds have been given to variousdifferent charities;
The School Council has attended the Merton Children’s Council Meeting. Merton Children’s Council is open to children and gives our pupils the opportunity to discuss important issues and influence what happens in the Borough and beyond. The Merton Children’s Council have worked with many different organisations, in an attempt to increase and model democracy and support the borough’s vision of ‘working together’.