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. Year 6 classes select three councillors each, Year 5 classes have two councillors and classes in Year 3 and 4 choose one councillor. Children in Year 6 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.
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, classes vote for sports ambassadors who take responsibility for equipment and kit and children in Year 6 enjoy being lunchtime ‘nannies’ for children in foundation during the Autumn term – offering a reassuring presence to them as they learn the lunchtime routines.