School council is an opportunity for children to be able to express their views about school and the wider community. We value and encourage children to share their views on a range of different subjects.
Across the school we have school council reps from each class from Year 1 to Year 6. The Year 6 children lead the school council and take the responsibility for taking minutes and leading assemblies.
The Year 6 children also attend the Nottingham City schools Primary Parliament which allows them to contribute their ideas and vision to key figures in the City Council.
Two year 5 children have the responsibility for representing Ambleside on the P6P council, meeting with children from all the other schools in the P6P group of schools.
In 2015/2016 we had a focus on the British Value of ‘Democracy’. Children were encouraged to find out more about people right to vote, they even held their own votes on a range of different issues: from the next class book; the charities that the school would support in 2016/2017 and they even held their own European referendum.
In 2016/2017, we are looking at the British Value of ‘Respectful attitudes’. We are looking at ways we can be proud of ourselves, proud of our school and proud of our community.
Many of the Nottingham City Schools meet together to discuss important issues effecting children who live in the City. Four Phase 4 children get to meet Nottingham Councillors and children from other Nottingham schools to discuss the issues that impact on their lives.
We met the Sheriff!
School Council were lucky enough to be invited to have tea with the Sherriff of Nottingham. (No, not the one from the Robin Hood films!) One the elected councillors is awarded the ceremonial role of Sheriff, they then represent Nottingham at a range of important events. We had a guided tour of the council house and discussed some of the important issues that affect children in Nottingham.