At Horfield, we have a well established School Council. Each year, the Council members are elected by their peers and understand that it is a privilege to represent their peers.
In accordance with British Values, all children in the school are taught that is their right to vote, and the importance of living in a democracy.
Our annual election of School Council members – Council members from Y1 – Y6 meet regularly with the Deputy Head and also make twice yearly presentations to the Governing Body. They represent pupil views on issues such as renovation of the water fountains and other ways to improve our school. Governors are always keen to act upon School Council areas of concern.
‘As Y6 School Councillor there is a lot of responsibility to be a good role model for younger children. We had to make sure that with our petition for the water fountains we took everyone’s views into account. Also we had to judge the drawing competition fairly so that we took the age of children into account when looking at their skills.’ Y6
Senior members from Year 6 hold the following posts; Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Organising Secretary. The children have the opportunity to meet with the Governors and representatives of the School Association. The children's voices are taken seriously and with the addition of a sizeable budget, the children are able to see that their role is valued.
Members of the Council also participate in Learning Walks and New Parents evenings.
At Horfield we are all passionate about our environment. We recognise that we each have a duty to care for our planet and to manage the world's resources wisely. We aim to develop good habits and behaviours to reinforce environmental education in everyday life and the wider community. Our rich curriculum provides opportunities for us to learn the knowledge and skills to know how to be responsible stewards of our planet.
Alongside this, we have a thriving Eco Council, made up of children from each year group from Year 2 upwards, who meet monthly to inspire and challenge us. They encourage us to consider environmental issues such as recycling and waste, water and energy use, transport to school, our outdoor environment and the importance of healthy eating.
Three of our Year 6 children are our Agents for Change; they meet with local schools to share ideas that can be used within our own environment. We also have a committed Green Club who meet weekly, especially focusing on gardening and installing and maintaining our new poly tunnel.