Pupil Council

Welcome to the Pupil Council page!



The Role of Class and Pupil Council

Class Council
At class council meetings, we share and discuss ideas for ways to improve our school.
The class council rep records ideas in our class council files to send to the next Pupil Council meeting for discussion.
We hold class council meetings fortnightly.

Pupil Council:
Pupil council meet every other week (alternate to class council) to discuss the ideas, decide on the most effective ways to change and improve the school and then talk to the people who can help to make it happen.
Pupil council regularly share news and information about new initiatives and the important things which are achieved.

Together we can help Whitehouse Common to continue to grow and succeed.


Whitehouse Common Pupil Council Constitution

Pupil council needs a constitution because it will:
•    Provide everyone with a clear statement of purpose
•    Set out the rules and procedures to make sure Pupil Council runs effectively and successfully
•    Provide clear guidelines for anyone joining pupil council

Name of organisation:
WHC Pupil Council

1.    To allow the children at Whitehouse Common Primary School have a voice
2.    To help the school and community be a better place
3.    To help to improve learning in the school
4.    To raise funds for the school

Pupil council will be made up of representatives from years 1 – 6.
Each class will elect one representative who attends meetings and gives feedback.
Each class will also elect a vice representative who will attend meetings and feedback in the main representative’s absence.
Having been a member of pupil council for one year, children will then be unable to represent their class for the following two years to allow opportunity to a wider range of people.

Elections will be run without prejudice or discrimination.
Any class member is entitled to run for Pupil council and the decision in each class will be made by a secret ballot.
Children wishing to be considered for Pupil Council will need to present a speech to their class giving clear reasons and examples of why they are the most suitable candidate for the job.

Once elected on to Pupil Council as board members, children will be able to apply for specific job roles within the organisation.
These are as follows:
•    Chair person
•    Vice Chair Person
•    Secretary
•    Treasurer
•    Promotions officer
•    Communication / Liaison officer

These roles will be elected by the board using the same election process as for Pupil Council.

Job roles and responsibilities will be shared with all Pupil Council members at the beginning of the year and job specifications will be kept in each class file.

Leaving Pupil Council:

Should a member of Pupil Council wish to resign from their post they must write a letter to the Chair Person giving reasons for their decision.
Once a member has resigned they will not be permitted to reapply for Pupil Council in the future, unless there are circumstances considered to be exceptional by the board (e.g. serious illness).

In these circumstances, the vice representative from the class will become the main representative and a new vice must be elected as soon as possible.

Pupil council members may be asked to step down from their position if they repeatedly break Pupil Council rules.
Each member has three chances. Should they lose these three chances, they will be asked by the Chair Person to give up their role and leave.
Pupils asked to leave Pupil Council will not be permitted to reapply for a position in the future.

The Pupil Council Rules are as follows:

All Pupil Council members must:
•    be respectful and listen to others
•    contribute or participate actively in meetings
•    follow the school rules and be role models to other pupils
•    model good behaviour at all times
•    be polite and courteous to others
•    not refer to specific individuals or groups during discussions
•    use their position on Pupil Council to support and develop their school and
peers and not abuse this position in any way

Pupil council will meet every two weeks. These meetings will last a minimum of 30 minutes.
Should additional meetings be required, these will be called as necessary.
The venue and time of meetings will be agreed at the beginning of each school year.
For decisions to be made at a meeting, there must be at least 6 members present (one form each year group wherever possible) and decisions are made through a “show of hands” vote in which the majority rules.
Class / Year group meetings should be held once a month to discuss and share ideas and feedback. These should be included in class assembly time and circle time as appropriate.

This new Pupil Council Constitution has been written and agreed by WHC Pupil Council 2010-11 and will take effect from September 2011.

Pupil Council Minutes 22.9.15

Please [click here] to view the minutes.

Pupil Council Agenda 22.9.15

Please [click here] to view the agenda.

Message from your Head Boy and Head Girl

As Head Boy and Girl, we would like to pass on an end of year message to you all.

We would like to say a huge well done to Year 6 on facing and completing the challenges which the year brought. We feel that this year has seen pupils across the school produce amazing work and continue to show lots of enthusiasm for learning. All of the teachers will be very proud of your achievements and, as your Head Boy and Girl, we feel very proud too. We wish the Year 2 children luck in their move to the juniors and would like to congratulate everyone in the school for a successful year and best wishes in the year ahead.

Have a great holiday and stay safe!

What a year!

Well, as the end of the school year approaches, Pupil Council have been reflecting on their efforts, work and achievements and have been looking forward to the new academic year which awaits after the summer holidays.

It has been a busy and productive year for Pupil Council who have worked closely with our Four Oaks Youth representatives and the children on Eco-team to continue to introduce and implement ways to develop and enhance teaching and learning in school as well as the school itself.

In their final weeks as your representatives, Pupil Council would like to leave you with a special end of year message.

It has been great fun and an important (but enjoyable) responsibilty to be part of Pupil Council this year. We have had the opportunity to share and discuss all of your great ideas and to help in making big decisions about how the school is run. Through our work we have achieved many things, all of which you have requested and we feel that we have improved sports and physical activities for lessons and beyond in the resources that we have secured and the ideas which have been shared. We feel that we have made a good impact and have helped to make the school a safer and better place through initiatives like our Health Week Challenge and our Safety Awareness Day. We look forward to seeing some of you carrying on our work from this year and moving our school forward further and we are sure that you will love the opportunity to gain a greater insight into the ways we, as pupils, can make a difference. All the best for your next school year!

Pupil Council

Pupil Council Minutes 23.6.15

Please [click here] to view the minutes.

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