The aim of Lord Deramore’s School Council is to improve the school for children and adults. Each child, from Years 2-6, has the opportunity to be council representative for their year group. Children who wish to be elected create a poster about themselves, explaining why people should vote for them to be on the school council. A ballot is then held in each class to select one boy and one girl to represent them.
The School Council also work to raise money for our chosen charity, which for the Autumn Term was York Animal Home. A bake sale at the Christmas Fair, run by the Council, raised over £84. Donations from parents and carers at the Christmas productions raised over £200. Charities are nominated at the start of each term and presentations are given by the council members. Each child in school then votes to select the charity for the term. Fundraising activities are organised throughout the year by the School Council. In the school year 2016-2017 our charity was Cancer Research UK. We raised over £300. During 2015-2016 we raised over £800 for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, Leeds. The Enterprise Challenge in the Spring Term will raise funds for this term’s chosen charity.
School Councillors attend regular meetings. They take a role in the appointment of new staff; they have the opportunity to interview candidates using their own prepared questions. They also prepare and lead whole school assemblies.
They support the PTA by judging competitions such as ‘The Bake Off’. They help at events like World Book Day, organise and tidy play equipment as well as make posters to display in school advertising fundraising activities. They also listen to any ideas that pupils may have about what could be improved, especially at playtimes, such as acquiring additional equipment.