Durham Lane School Council
At Durham Lane Primary School, we strongly believe that the pupils have a right to have their voices heard. This is something that is evident in all that we do, but we have a hard- working school council who help to ensure that the pupils of the school can voice their opinions, raise issues with staff and help to ensure that the school is a happy place to be.
The school council meet regularly to discuss issues that are important to the pupils of the school and they are always actively involved in fund raising initiatives such as Children in Need and Comic/Sport relief. They also take on the role of helping to ensure that school rules are followed, especially at break times, and are keen to engage with this.
The school councillors are elected democratically by secret ballot and this process is explained to them each year. This year, Mr Stuart Levine from Stockton on Tees Borough Council’s Democratic Services came into school to explain the process to the children and to deliver a “polling station” which the children all used.
This year our school Councillors are as follows:
Year 1- Zara and Joe
Year 2 Penny and Oliver
Year 3- Henry and Armaan
Year 4- Aniq and Katie
Year 5- Daisy and Lewis
Year 6- Fatima , Luke , Harry , Ellamae
At each meeting, Mrs McGuckin, who is the staff member responsible for the school council, chooses a chairperson and a secretary (usually one of the older members of the school council). The chair person ensures that the meetings run smoothly and that everyone gets a chance to speak; the secretary records the minutes which are typed up and placed on the school council notice board for all members of the school community to read.
We have a few rules at our meeting which must be followed so that everyone feels that they have had an opportunity to be part of the council.