The School Council of Harleston CE Primary Academy was set up in September 2003, and since then it has been an integral part of the school community. Although it is overseen by members of staff, it is primarily run by children from all year groups and consists of a Chairperson as well as one elected representative from each class and two from each Year 6 class. Through a democratic vote, a new School Council is formed during the Autumn term every year, allowing new members to offer fresh ideas.
The School Council also plays a pivotal role in the fundraising days that the school offers. The focus this year is for each member of the School Council to choose a charity which the school will support. Their chosen charity will then become the focus of a themed day for the whole school and activities and events will be organised to help raise funds.
The school often raises hundreds of pounds for Children In Need, Comic Relief and Sport Relief, the success of these fundraising days can be credited to the School Council’s hard work and enthusiasm during the day organising events and collecting non-uniform money. Rest assured, they will be planning much more for the children of Harleston Primary to enjoy this year and coming up with inventive ways to celebrate their chosen charity!
We value the opinion of our School Council and have consulted the children on important issues. The School Council representatives were interviewed during our visit from SIAMS inspectors. The elected children regularly interview potential candidates for teaching posts, and their views are taken into consideration before we appoint new teachers and headteachers to the school.