Athelstan Community Primary School

To Be The Best That We Can Be

School Council

At Athelstan we are passionate about pupil voice and involving children in the organisation and decision making about their school to aide in our ongoing improvement. Our school council is a group of pupils who act as representatives of their classmates in discussing school issues. As part of our work on British values, we spend a week learning about democracy. School council elections take place during this week. Students are elected to represent the views of all pupils and also to improve their school. School council help to make decisions about how the school is run and take on projects that support the children’s learning and development, such as organising charity events, representing the school at outside events or ensuring the school is environmentally friendly. One member of each class is elected from year 1 to year 6. Mr Wainwright is the governor who works with our school council and attends most meetings. 


Examples of previous work carried out by the school council includes;


  • We helped decorate the school Christmas tree ready for our Christmas dinner and productions.


  • The School Council helped run the bun sale to raise money for Children in Need. The children also came to school in non uniform and together we raised over £500 for this great cause.


  • The school council conduct an annual questionnaire to understand the feelings of children in school. Results from this questionnaire are used to make changes in school.


  • During our first school council meeting this year we talked about how we could improve our playtimes and lunchtimes. Mr Wainwright, one of our school governors attended the meeting. The council members have taken back the question to their classes so watch out for some new ideas to make our playtimes and lunchtimes even better. 


  • The school council talked to the children about what would make their school better. The children came up with lots of different ideas. The school council decided that they wanted to improve playtimes by providing different healthy snacks and more equipment to play with. The council did a snack survey and had tasting sessions for the rest of school. They have bought a new trolley to store the snack in and a blackboard to show the snack options each day. Each term we will have different fruit depending on the season.
  • We made posters to advertise the new fruit trolley and encourage to throw away their rubbish in a bin.


  • We entered The Speakers School Council Award with our project and received a logo for our school.

School Council - Who's who

School Council in action

School Council Charity Work