The School Council is comprised of a representative from each of the twelve classes in school who are democratically elected in the Autumn term. The councillors are chosen through a process of self-nomination, supporting presentation and a secret ballot. These councillors will represent the views of all pupils; working in partnership with the Senior Leadership Team to make Market Drayton Junior School an even better school.
The School Council meet with Mr Richards on a regular basis to discuss many different aspects of school life which have been raised as being important to the running of our school by either the School’s Senior Leadership Team or the children themselves.
Key points from the discussions at these meetings are then fed back to the individual classes by their elected school councillor. This is a key component of a successful School Council as a two-way dialogue between the councillor and their class is needed to aid the School Council in reaching solutions to problems and also to identify when further areas need addressing.
During each meeting, minutes are kept by either Mr Richards (or the Chair of the School Council) and these are then displayed on the School Council Noticeboard outside the School Office.
Over the past few years, the School Council has been responsible for a number of improvements around the school including the development of the school’s outdoor learning areas; improving the play equipment; rejuvenating the wet play boxes and raising enough money to pay for a school defibrillator.
Since Mrs. Evans, the School Cook, joined our school the School Council has met regularly with her to discuss the menus and the ordering of food. As a result of these meetings, changes have been made to menus to ensure more of the food the children enjoy is available. Furthermore, it has allowed Mrs Evans to explain why, due to nutritional needs, some changes have had to be made to the menus and the reasons for these changes have then been reported back to the rest of the children.
Each class is currently undertaking the voting process for this year’s School Council. During the Autumn Term, the councillors will be meeting with the NSPCC to discuss ideas for a fundraising event later in the term and will also be busy organising our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning (although this year it will be in the afternoon!) in aid of the Macmillan nurses who do such sterling work supporting families who are often at a very low ebb during their loved ones illness. Both of these events are sure to be a success for both the school community and the wider community at large.
Once these two events have occurred The School Council will be busy mapping out their action plan for the remainder of the school year.