Student Council

 'Child has a Voice'

Voting takes place each year in the school hall 'Polling Station', for the children who have been campaigning to be elected to the Student Council.

What is a Student Council?

A Student Council is a group of pupils who are elected to represent the voice of all pupils and to improve their school.

What does it do?
  • A Student Council meets - with a teacher present - to discuss and sort out problems and ideas.  These may include learning, school lunches, school charters, behaviour or ideas for fundraising events.
  • Members of the Student Council will be responsible for carrying out the ideas that have been agreed, such as planning charity events, meeting with governors or other communities, putting forward views of other children in the school.
What responsibilities do councillors have?

Each year, every class elects two respresentatives to be members of the Student Council.  The council will then meet to elect officers such as:

  • Chair
  • Secretary
What makes a good Student Council?

An effective Student Council is one that represents the views of all children and gets things done.  These are some of the things that make our student council effective:

  • Regular meetings
  • Good communication between respresentatives and their class
  • Smaller groups (subcommittees) working on specific events or issues
  • Links with the larger school community
Do they help to improve school life?

Effective Student Councils do help to improve school life - our examples include:

  • Successfully introduced Eco Warriors to recycle paper and reduce water usage
  • Raised money to pay for two teachers and a new classroom floor for Nyansakia school in Africa
  • Improved playground equipment
  • Contributed to achievement of Unicef RRSA Award Level 2
  • Took part in interview panels for prospective Teachers
  • Composting in the Environmental Area
  • Raised funds for Harvest seeds in Africa
Do you miss out lessons?

When the Student Council meets during curriculum time then you would miss some lessons.

What is the Student Council History?

Student Councils have been around for about 40 years, but now with citizenship being taught, there are many more around.

The Student Council plays a very important role in school life.  They attend regular meetings and discuss important issues which may effect the pupils, parents and staff of Bourne Elsea and the surrounding community.  When necessary the Chairperson and Secretary often put forward a motion to the other Councillors to invite visitors to the meetings to discuss particular projects.  Minutes are recorded by the elected Council Secretary.

The Student Councillors are supported by Miss S Davey (Year 4 Teacher) and Mrs K Key (Link Governor).

Statement from the recently elected Chair of the Student Council (Sanjani Mamillapalle) and Secretary of the Student Council (Elliott Holder) for the academic year 2017-18:

"Through our role in the Student Council, we are looking forward to following our British Values of Democracy by representing the student voice in the school.  By working with and helping other children we follow our Christian Values but also give ideas to make our school a better place".

The minutes from the latest Student Council meeting can be found on the link below.

  1. Minutes 19_01_18