Loxley Primary School Council
The Loxley School Council comprises of a group of children, elected by their peers, ranging from Y1 to Y6. Each class elects two class councillors, based on a presentation of how they will be able to represent the class and what skills will enable them to do this effectively.
In addition to this, the Y5 class councillors continue to represent their class in Y6, giving Y6 four representatives in total. They are able to offer a wealth of information from the previous year and their knowledge and understanding of what the class council does and how the council works is an asset to the group.
The council has an executive committee, comprising of a chairperson and a secretary.
The children learn a number of skills regarding holding meetings and taking notes (minutes). They liaise with Mrs Helliwell to work out agendas for the next meeting, type up the minutes and gradually become confident enough to be able to run the meetings almost independently.
The children visited Loxley Park, a retirement village, to meet and chat with the residents. They were also able to serve mince pies and put on a performance of individual songs, poems and musical items. The children gave the residents Christmas cards and pictures before wishing them a merry Christmas and returning to school.
The council also visited the Bradfield Parish Council Offices. They were met by the Chair of the Parish Council, Vicky Priestly, who gave a very informative talk about the work of the council, followed by an opportunity for the children to ask questions. The children were then able to hold their own meeting there and were complimented on their communication skills and maturity.
Other achievements (to name a few) have been; introducing the dinner band system, organising for a famous author (Jeremy Strong) to come into school, ensuring that the water fountains are in good working order and purchasing books for the library. They have also carried out a survey of the children, asking which piece of adventure play equipment they would prefer, which was then ordered and installed for all the children to enjoy!
The children are constantly seeking to improve our school and make it a better place for everyone. If any pupils have any issues or ideas, they are encouraged to post their ideas in the postbox near Mr Connolly’s office or discuss it with their class representatives who will then feed back to the council at their next meeting.
School Council Facilitator