The School Council at Grove Park School plays a vital role in the decision making and forward planning at the school and helps all the children play a meaningful and valuable part in matters that affect them at school and in their wider lives.
The School Council is a team made up of children from the school. Every class from Year 1 to Year 6 is represented by two children. These two children are elected by the rest of the class and will ideally be one girl and one boy to ensure that the whole class is represented. Every two weeks the classes meet as a Class Council and discuss school issues. These may be issues driven by the children, the staff or other members of the school community. The issues could include the curriculum, behaviour, school lunches, school uniform, the outdoor learning environment, charitable matters and events in the wider community. The classes then bring their ideas and comments to the School Council meeting. This is held every other week and is chaired and led by the two representatives from Year 6. Year 6 also appoint a School Council Secretary to take and distribute minutes. The Head Teacher – or another member of the Senior Leadership Team – the School Council Coordinator and the school Site Manager attend these meetings. Decisions and information arising from these meetings is fed back to the whole school via the year groups or in a whole school assembly. This will also include Early Years where relevant.
In the past the School Council have also played an important role in the school’s interview process for prospective Headteachers and Deputy Headteachers. School Councillors have put together their own set of interview questions and, whilst being observed by school governors, have conducted their own interviews of candidates. At various times members of the School Council, with support from the School Council Coordinator, have also been required to present their ideas to school governors on a more formal basis.
The School Council always welcome visitors to their meetings. This year (2022-2023), we have been very lucky to be joined Gabriella Giles (local councillor) and Ruth Cadbury (our local member of parliament). It is always a great opportunity to ask our visitors questions on things we as a school are passionate about including climate change and litter around the local community.
Grove Park’s School Council is very proud of its achievements to date. It has made a real impact on life both in school and in the local community. Please see below just some of things we have contributed towards this year:
- Choosing the finalists and winners of our new House Logo Designs. (October 2022)
- Voting for the finalists and winners for our ‘Community Cards of Kindness’ designs. (December 2022)
- Helping the Kitchen Staff choose new salad options for the school and promoting healthy eating. (January 2023)
- Discussed ways to ensure we keep our school litter free by working alongside the site manager to reposition the bins in the playground. (March 2023)
- Talking to visitors about reducing traffic around our school roads and ensuring our streets are clean in our local community. (January 2023 and March 2023)