Aberford School Council

Helping young people to become active, democratic citizens.

What is a School Council?

A school council is a formal group of pupils within a school who are elected by their peers to represent them and their views.

Why do we have a School Council?

Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives.  A school council can provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them.

The Role:

  • Attend regular meetings with other School Council members from each class
  • Take ideas and suggestions your class have to discuss at School Council meetings
  • Bring back ideas, information and suggestions to your class and encourage your class to listen, discuss, share their views and, where necessary, vote on actions that need to be taken
  • Help to organise charity events throughout the year
  • Encourage the pupils in your class to be aware of their school environment and to respect and care for it
  • Some of the more senior School Council members will be responsible for specific tasks
    • School Council Chairperson (leads the meetings)
    • School Council Secretary (writes the minutes of the meetings)
    • School Council Treasurer (manages the money – with link teacher)

Qualities of a School Council Member:

As individuals, children may bring lots of additional skills and abilities to this role in particular, however, to be a successful School Council member you need to:

  • Be reliable
  • Be proud of our school and want our school to be the best it can be
  • Listen carefully to the views of others and take their ideas on board
  • Represent the majority view of your class, even if you don't agree!
  • Commit time to this role and accept that you may need to do things during break times and/or lunchtimes
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Be kind and respectful
  • Be patient

School Council 2020/2021

Meet our School Council for the new school year. 



School Council 2019/2020

Before COVID ruined our plans, we.. 

  • Helped during the interview process for our new Headteacher

School Council 2018/2019

  • Organised a 'Wear jeans day' and raised £100 for Genes for Jeans Day
  • Organised our Aberford Talent Show
  • Wrote to our local MP to arrange a Parliament Box to be delivered. 



School Council 2017/2018

  • Held a bun sale and raised £74 for The Alzheimer's Society
  • Raised money to purchase and rejuvenate the Friendship Bench 
  • Raised money to buy an outdoor clock

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