The School has a fully-elected School Council that gives the children a voice in the decision-making process. At the beginning of the year in the Junior School each class elects a representative to take the views of their class to the regular Council meetings. In the Infant School the council representatives change termly.

If you have an idea that you think could improve the school, or something you are not happy with, remember you can talk to your School Councillor who will raise it at the next council meeting. Each class has regular meetings with their School Councillor so that every child has the chance to find out what is being discussed at school council meetings.
In the Junior school council meetings are led by the Chair and Vice Chair, facilitated by Miss Hyde. In the Infant school Mrs Harman facilitates the meetings. At certain points during the year the two school councils come together to discuss whole school matters.

What has the school council achieved recently?

  • Children have been involved in the recruitment process as a result new staff have been employed with consideration of their views.
  • The junior school council ran their own Pudsey Shop selling merchandise for Children in Need raising £200 . They managed the money, served customers and logged stock sold.
  • Both schools implemented fun activity ideas for our Children in Need day based on the school councils ideas including penalty shoot out and golden mile.
  • The school council voted to hold school discos based on the council’s recommendation these were implemented and were a huge success.
  • The school councils have been discussing the range of clubs that children from across our schools would like to have access to. After taking this to the school classes, children voted on the clubs they would like to see and these have been put in place.
  • The school council got involved with the Ukraine appeal helping to sort out the donations for those in need.
  • The school council members collected their classes’ views on respect and made a video sharing these (see below)
  • The junior school supported our local church taking part in their interview process for the new Children and Families Worker. Children formed questions and took turns to ask their questions of the candidates, and then feedback to the interview panel – learning about recruitment processes along the way. Children have decided to introduce an element of the recruitment process to the appointment of the next council.
  • They planned our Children in Need fundraising activities, including the brand new teacher challenges!
  • They have been responsible for identifying possible charities that we will support this year.
  • They advised Mr Collins and Ms Towers about how they would like to see the playground developed, including identifying line markings to increase activity at lunchtimes.
  • The school councils worked with Mrs Roseblade to review the recent changes to lunchtimes.

Alver Valley Schools Talking About Respect

Respect is one of our 6 Strands Learning Behaviours, and really important to our school community here at Alver Valley Schools. In an assembly in November 2021 we were talking about Respect. As part of the assembly, classes were challenged to think about what respect means and how we can show respect, and they were