Pupil voice at Chickerell Primary
It is really important that we let our pupils have a say in how we do things here. Decisions that we make must involve them to be truly democratic.
CONGRATULATIONS to the following pupils who have been chosen as our 2022/2023 ambassadors to inspire others : House Captains: Cameron Arnold, Amy Skorupka, Ben Beckram, Rose Weeden, Monty Thompson, Abigail Hambidge, Holly Butterworth, Jack Smith
Head Boy: Noah Pinder Head Girl: Belle Seal
These people represent our school and often engage in 'community' service- tidying the library, helping with younger years events and such like.
We also have another group of pupils who apply to Miss Harris to be on the pupil voice group via letter. This group, and the above, meet Mrs Llewellyn and Mrs Mitchel regularly to discuss issues that they'd like to raise.
Keeping you safe:
A message for our children:
Is something worrying you? Is someone hurting you?
Sometimes you may have problems outside of school but think that we won’t be interested in them or that we can’t do anything about it. Well, we ARE interested and we CAN help. We are always here for you, so please find one of us to talk to. That can be your teacher, a teaching assistant, a dinner-lady, or one of the lovely people in our school office. Don’t be afraid to ask.
Even if you think your worries are too big or that you may get into trouble if you tell anyone, come to us for help. Sometimes the people or person hurting you might be an adult (or adults) who you know well, but we’ll still support you no matter what.
If you really don’t feel that you can talk to anyone at school about it, it might be easier for you to speak to someone you don’t know. If so, you should call ChildLine. It’s a free helpline for children in the UK. You can phone them on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem – their counsellors are always here to help you sort it out. To find out more about the services offered by Childline, just click here.
Welcome to our Pupil Voice page. This page will have all the latest School Council and Rights Respecting Ambassador news. Our Pupil Voice group aim to meet fortnightly; at the bottom of this page you will be able to read about what happened at the most recent meeting (in the children's own words).
We are Rights Respecting Gold. We are delighted that our school has been recognised for establishing an environment where pupil voice is paramount to the children's learning and running of our school. Please take the time to read our RRS level 2 (Gold) report, which we are extremely proud of.
Our School Council and our Rights Respecting School Ambassadors
The ‘United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’ underpins everything that we do here at Chickerell Primary Academy.
Article 12 ‘You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously’
Democracy in action
School Councils are democracy in action; the School Council at Chickerell Primary Academy consists of representatives from Year 1 to Year 6. Our Reception classes learn about democracy through their Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and contribute ideas for the School Council to discuss. The School Council meets every two weeks alongside our Rights Respecting School Ambassadors (RRSA) to express views on behalf of their classes and to make decisions.
Mrs. Llewellyn leads our School Council and Miss Stanton leads our RRSA; we all meet together as a Pupil Voice group so that we can share our ideas and the jobs we need to do after our meetings. Mrs. Llewellyn and Miss Stanton prepare minutes of the meetings for our class teachers and also post these on the website for us. After each meeting we are given a ‘job’ to carry out within school for example, we may have to talk to our classes about a school issue or gather ideas about how we could improve upon an area within school.
Staff are always keen to know the views of our pupils. For example, our School Council and RRSA will be discussing their thoughts about our Enrichment sessions and our ‘Day at the museum’ whole school History open afternoon over the next few weeks.
Decisions made by the School Council last year included:
- how to fund raise for Fairtrade Fortnight
- how to organise our ‘Cool to be Kind’ anti-bullying week
- ideas for our whole school ‘Well-being Week’
This year we would like to create a child friendly School Improvement Plan so that we are all aware of what needs to be done to make our school even better.
The School Council and our RRSA are even involved in the interview process for vacancies in school. Two members recently showed candidates around the school, explained our school ethos to them and then reported back to Miss Harris about how friendly and interested the candidates were.
Representatives of the School Council and our RRSA are very much active citizens within the school and the local community. They have led whole school assemblies, taken the lead in overseeing Rights Respecting displays and Class Charters and have created a whole school Rights Respecting display for the school hall. They have also advised teachers on the wording of their Classroom Charters.
How can you as a pupil become involved?
The School Council, alongside our RRSA plays a vital role in the life of Chickerell Primary Academy. They voice the views of the pupils and help Miss Harris, our Governors and our staff to continually strive for school improvement. We know that when children feel safe and secure at school and when they know that their opinions and views are valued and listened to, they will feel an integral part of our school community. This is very important to us here at Chickerell Primary Academy and therefore we encourage our children to become involved and to represent the views of their classes so that we can all work together in a democratic way.
In Key Stage 1 elections for the School Council take place at the beginning of the autumn term within classes. Key Stage 2 children are invited to write a letter to Miss Harris, our Head Teacher, explaining why they would like to become a School Councillor, Miss Harris then selects those children who have impressed her with their enthusiasm for the role. Miss Stanton leads the elections for the RRSA in the summer term so that she has time to work alongside them and support them before they begin their important roles the following term.
If you would like to become a member of our School Council or a RRSA then let your class teacher and your friends know. If you are not successful in gaining a place this year then make sure that you involve yourself as fully as you can by letting your current class councilors and ambassadors know your views!
Chickerell Primary Academy – working in partnership with our children at every level
Rights Respecting Schools Award Level Gold
The children and teachers of Chickerell Primary Academy have been working very hard over the past few years to build upon being Rights Respecting Level 1 and to be awarded Rights Respecting Level Gold. We are so proud that our hard work has paid off and we have now been awarded RRS Gold. The inspectors who came into school to see our fantastic learning and achievements were extremely impressed with the standard of our school and their report reads brilliantly. We would love for you to take some time to read this report and would also like to thank you for supporting your children with this.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
The UNCRC underpins all that we do as a school. All children in school are aware that they have rights and that they respect the rights of others, whilst taking responsibility for their own rights and actions.