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 31.3.14

Please [click here] to view the minutes.

Pupil Council Agenda 31.3.14

Please [click here] to view the agenda.

Pupil Council Minutes 17.3.14

Please [click here] to view the minutes.

Pupil Council News

Pupil Council have been hard at work already this year, meeting fortnightly to share and discuss ideas and suggestions from children across the school and working with staff to support developing teaching and learning. We meet every other week and talk about the issues raised in class council meetings. We then action suggestions and make changes (however big or small) which can help our school to keep growing and evolving and be the best that we can be! Please take a look at the Pupil Council Board in The Oaks entrance to remind yourselves of your Pupil Council representatives for this year and to find out more about our roles and responsibilities. We are now hoping to share the minutes from our meetings here on our Pupil Council webpage as well as the feedback that we give in class council meetings. This way we can keep you up to date on our news, progress, successes and developments as the year goes on. Thank you for all your great ideas so far... please keep them coming by sharing them with your class council reps in your classroom meetings and, together, we can continue to make a difference.

Head Boy and Head Girl 2013-2014

Congratulations to our new Head Boy and Head Girl. Year 6 children had to complete application forms if they wanted to apply for these new special roles. After going through the applications, a shortlist was finalised. These children had interviews with Mrs Allen and Miss Harper where they explained why they thought they were suitable for the role. Congratulations to both of them and well done to all the children that applied. We are so proud of you!

photo head boy girl Small

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