School Council and Pupil Voice
The School CouncilWe 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 and playtimes. The School Council have invited Mr Gray, our catering manager, to some of their meetings along with Mrs Roberts our Deputy Head. The School Council represented the school and welcomed the Mayor to the opening of our Art Exhibition in the Victoria Shopping Centre. The Mayor has invited the School Council to visit the Town Hall and we will be going in the Autumn. The School Council organise the annual singing competition which takes place in Term 6 and they are on the judging panel. Every October they hand over to the newly elected School Council who will carry on representing the children in the school.
Pupil VoiceAt 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. The School Council 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.
Each year the school chooses charities to support. This year, we voted for three charities from a total of 7 that were put forward by children, parents and staff. We supported these charities over the past year:
Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre
Plastic in the Oceans