The Primary School council is made up of 2 representatives from each class from Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The representatives are voted for at the start of the year by their peers. We meet every Friday morning and discuss things that are going well, things that are not going so well and things that may want to happen.
Each year we support 3 charities and decide who we are going to support and how we are going to raise the money. In the autumn term we decided our international charity would be Water Aid. We chose to do a toy sale and families sent in their unwanted toys and books. The students then brought money to buy the toys they wanted and we raised £68. This term our national charity is ‘Guide Dogs for the Blind’. The students asked for a disco, so we decided that would be how we would raise the money. We are having a dress up day on the last day of the spring term and students are being asked to bring in a £1 donation.
Once a year two school councillors are invited to Hinckley Hub for a local democracy event. They work with other students from local primary schools and get a chance to talk to the Local Councillors. At last year’s event we asked if we could have a crossing between our Stoke road site and our Richmond satellite base. A traffic survey was carried out and we got the good news that it was viable to have a crossing. Work started in February 2019 and we now have an amazing Puffin crossing on Stoke road, thanks to our Primary class councillor Olivia.
The Secondary School council is made up of two representatives from each class from Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 and across the main school site and satellite bases. The representatives are voted for at the start of the year by their peers. We meet every other Monday afternoon and discuss things that the students feel are important to them and the school.
Each year we support two charities (one locally and one nationally) and decide who we are going to support and how we are going to raise the money. This year we chose Lawrence House as our local charity – they support homeless people in the Hinckley area – and Children in Need as our national charity. We have had dress down days and a cake sale to raise money for both of these good causes.
This year our school was invited to take part in a Youth Forum held by the Leicestershire Police and Crimes Commissioner; two of our School Councillors were nominated to attend. It was a very interesting and informative day and our students were very proud to represent our school and to have their voices and opinions heard by a much wider audience.