16 July 2018
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School Council and Pupil Voice

The School Council

We have a vibrant School Council at Claremont School and all classes from Year 2 upwards are represented. They hold monthly meetings where they decide on the priorities for the coming weeks and discuss any issues the children feel need to be discussed. Issues may be requests from their class members for a new club, new ideas for how to look after our school, and everyone in it, or any worries or concerns their class may have raised. This past year they have focussed on lunchtimes. The School Council were actively involved in tasting the new lunches as well as sending representatives to a Fair Trade breakfast meeting and, as a result, have requested Fair trade food whenever possible at lunchtime. The children have also been involved in purchasing and organising extra play equipment for the longer lunch play and look for feedback about lunchtimes so that they can inform staff including Mrs Saunders our Senior Midday supervisor. The School Council have invited Mrs Crockett to some of their meetings and have had lunch with the Governors. Children have organised a singing competition which will take place in Term 6. Every October they hand over to the newly elected School Council who will carry on representing the children in the school.

Pupil Voice

At Claremont we believe that everyone’s voice should be heard. We actively encourage the children to be involved in this and, as a result, have an active School Council, and an ethos whereby children are encouraged to voice any concerns or requests. We have an annual Pupil Survey as well as Pupil Conferencing of representatives from each class. We take what is said very seriously and, whenever possible, act upon it. This year the children informed us that they enjoyed the ‘Theme Days ‘ and this has led to the staff looking at incorporating these even more into the curriculum. The School Council also requested that we have a ‘Worry Box’ available to everyone so that children can privately raise any concerns and staff are ensuring one is available to their class/year group. Children feeling that have a voice is all part of making them feel safe, happy, secure and therefore ready to learn.

School Charities

Each year the school chooses charities to support. This year, we voted for three charities from a total of 15 that were put forward by children, parents and staff. We are looking forward to supporting these charities over the next year:

The Dogs Trust

The World Land Trust

Hospice in the Weald

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