At the beginning of each school year, classes in Key Stage 2 select their school councillors through a vote. Children who are interested in becoming school councillors make a short speech to their class explaining why they think they would make a good councillor. Children then complete their ballot papers, voting for the child they think will represent their class well on the council. Each class selects two councillors and Y6 children also get to choose someone to represent Y2 views. Children in Year 6 also take turns to chair and minute the meetings.
The children selected to be councillors meet regularly to represent the views of their class and make plans to improve their school. For example, councillors collect the views of their classes on which charities the children would like to support and what activities they would like to be available to break and lunch time. Each term, the councillors lead an assembly on themes such as school rewards, anti-bullying or being the best Blaby Stokes that we can be.
Children as Leaders
As well as school council, Key Stage 2 children have a number of opportunities to take on leadership in school.
Playground leaders are trained each year to lead activities and play at lunchtimes and teach children how to play traditional e.g. skipping or clapping games.
Classes also vote for sports ambassadors who take responsibility for equipment and kit and who can support sports training and coaching across the school.
We also have a worship team who are chosen following an application process to the headteacher. This Team meet regularly to discuss what the collective worship themes will be, they help the collective worship leaders by setting up the hall ready and they also lead prayer and worship with the whole school. Whole school collective worship is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon.
Children in KS2 have opportunities to be special monitors for things around school such as litter picking, helping with FS children at lunchtime, reading with younger children and helping teachers with jobs.
In our school, we have 4 house groups and house points (coloured tokens) are given to children for all sorts of reasons such as being kind to others, looking after our school, organising things, being a good role model, for showing excellent manners and so on. We also have Y6 house captains and each half term, the winning house is celebrated in whole school assembly.
The 4 houses are based on the 4 Leicestershire sports teams: The Foxes, The Tigers, The Lions and the Riders.