At Yarrells, there are so many opportunities for children to lead. It is important to us that pupil leadership is not merely the wearing of a badge or the carrying of a title, but that along with the privilege of leadership comes a clear set of responsibilities that add value to and enhance the lives of those in the school community.
Our children participate actively in the life of the school and our young leaders have a say, whether they are on the Eco-Action Team, the Student Council or are Tribe Leaders, Sports Captains, Music or Drama Captains or Buddy Mentors. We are very proud of the way the ‘pupil voice’ is encouraged at Yarrells. Pupils have the opportunity to be involved in all sorts of decision making and recent examples include new uniform, charities & fundraising, community days, eco-action and opportunities to bid to the Friends of Yarrells for various school projects.
We have a School Council whereby representatives from each Junior and Senior Prep class are elected each term from amongst their peers to be involved in this important leadership development opportunity. The School Council discusses various issues with their own classes to take forward to their meetings. This gives children the chance to think about and discuss ideas, concerns and opportunities. The School Council meets regularly and also contributes to specific assemblies when the children on the School Council tell us about their work and what they have achieved.
School Council meetings create opportunities for children’s views to be expressed and heard. We encourage effective communication within school and we take account of children’s views and ideas.
The aims of the School Council are:
- To give children a voice in the school community.
- To give children an opportunity to understand and participate in a democratic process.
- To respect and listen to what children have to say.
- To encourage children to discuss ideas and issues.
- To promote the views of pupils.
- To help the people who make decisions in the school understand and respect the children’s point of view.
- To encourage children to understand the negotiation of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in everyday life.
- To enable children to participate effectively in school and debate and address issues.
- To enable children to become partners in their education with teachers, support staff and parents.
- To promote the school’s reputation in the community and to maintain the school ethos.