EFFECTIVE SELF GOVERNMENT
The Student Council is made up of elected members from each of our year groups within Middle and Upper Schools. Membership is based on a model of proportional representation.
‘The children are actively involved in the student council, where they have good opportunities to express their views and also to challenge or question senior staff. At a meeting of the council, the inspector observed students confidently raising concerns that were important to them and challenging issues such as the use of renewable energies at the school.’
BECOMING A COUNCILLOR
Membership of the Student Council is a sought after aspiration, common to very many pupils at St Edward’s. It promotes a ‘sense of belonging’ that we hope each boy shares with us. The positive contributions made by pupils serving the School Council are recognised and celebrated by all those involved with St Edward’s and are rightly considered a vibrant and successful aspect of our community.
THROUGH THE STUDENT
COUNCIL PUPILS CAN:
Develop leadership and communication skills help foster a spirit of pride.
Build supportive working relationships with each other and the staff team.
Represent and express the personal views and interests of their peers to the benefit of the wider school community.
Develop a practical understanding of the Common Good.
Councillors meet at least once each half term, under the guidance of a facilitator, to consider issues raised by their peers. Councillors are expected to assume a responsible role in support of their peers throughout the school day. The Council looks at everyday aspects of the life of the school. It might also take on significant projects to bring about lasting improvement to the school – for example, there is a current initiative to develop the school’s motor-cycling workshop facility. The Council is also invited, on regular occasions, to consider how best to allocate donations to the school; sometimes these may be channelled into a school-based enterprise, while at other times the Council may consider forwarding the donation for the benefit of charity groups operating in local, national or global communities.