At High March we want the pupils to have a voice in School matters and decisions and a Pupil Council helps the girls to feel involved in their education.
It provides a useful forum for discussion; pupils talk about things which they feel work well and they have the opportunity to put forward suggestions for change. It imbues pupils with responsibility and, in addition, fosters a sense of community.
Our Pupil Council is run at Upper School with girls from Years 3 to 6 representing their Forms. Appointments to the Council are made termly and we have two representatives per Form. Pupils cannot re-apply for a Council role until everyone who wishes to do so has had a first turn. This helps to ensure that everyone who would like a turn on the Council is given that opportunity at least once during the course of their time at Upper School. If eligible, pupils submit their names at the start of term and names are drawn at random by the Form Teacher.
Meetings are held termly and are attended by the eight Pupil Council representatives together with the Headmistress, Deputy Head (Pastoral), Bursar and the School Receptionist who takes the Minutes. The Form Representatives share suggestions from their Form with the Council and they need to listen carefully as their ideas are debated by the Council and the members of staff present. Following the meeting, they provide feedback to their form and they distribute the minutes of the meeting.
Examples of items discussed at Pupil Council
- The Activity Programme – what clubs pupils enjoy the most and suggestions for future clubs
- Playground Equipment – requests for new equipment and games
- Healthy snacks – sharing suggestions of healthy snacks for break time
- Growth Mindset – voting on motivational quotes which they would like to see around the School
- Lunch menu – which dishes they would like to see more often
The Pupil Council has to be realistic about what it can do. Pupils are keen to give their ideas and some things can be changed, but others, perhaps due to Health and Safety, are not feasible. Participating in the Pupil Council encourages team work and helps pupils learn to negotiate and to compromise, thus acquiring valuable life skills.