The Foreland Fields School Council was re-launched in December 2015.
A school council is a group of pupils and students elected by their peers to represent their views and raise issues with leaders and other staff within their school. The school council can also take forward ideas and suggestions on behalf of their peers, and be involved in the planning of the school and some staff appointments.
Any pupil or student interested in becoming a member of the School Council is asked to prepare a manifesto which was shared with others from their department. All pupils across the school then have the responsibility for voting members onto the council.
Currently the school council has 12 members, three from each department of the school.
Meetings are currently held at least once every term – 6 times a year. Meetings are however more frequent when focussing on a specific project.
All meetings have an agenda, which is distributed to all members beforehand. Minutes are kept of meetings to refer back to. All minutes are presented in Communicate in Print in order to ensure they are accessible to pupils and students.
School council members are involved in the recruitment of new teachers.
Members initially decided on a school action plan for the 2016/17 academic year. This was:
These were all achieved.
During the 2017/18 year the school council will be heavily involved in the work towards the Unicef Rights Respecting School Level 2 Award. They will be involved in specific campaigns such as Unicef’s OutRight 2017 campaign. The council will also be working with school leaders to plan the Junior and Upper School playgrounds.