Strathmore has an active School Council. Each year the learners vote for representatives to be in the School Council.
Our aims are:
To vote on current issues within the school and local community to best support learners at Strathmore.
To represent Strathmore and be good role models to peers.
To decide on how small amount of funding should be spent e.g. playground equipment, class games.
To decide who of the Strathmore learners to nominate for special achievements such as the Friendship Award and Jack Petchey Award.
In order to achieve this, the school councils discuss and agree on
- What makes a good friend
- What does it mean ‘to achieve’ or ‘to have a special achievement’
- How can we find out what our friends in class think and feel about ‘friendship’ and ‘achievement’
- How can we feed back to our friends on what we talk about/work on/decide
- What does it mean to be fair and how can we make sure that we are making fair decisions.
All the above will be worked on through play and games, activities and some discussion, always using lots of visuals and appropriate communication aids.
The feed-back to classes and the whole school will also be through visuals e.g. displays, symbols in assemblies and through Grapevine articles.
The Strathmore school council have been a part of a SEND reform consultation group. They met over a number of weeks with Grace Over, Participation Officer, from Achieving for Children to tell Richmond and Kingston Children's Services about their hopes and dreams in education, their futures, leisure and their local community. All of their ideas and opinions were sent to Simon James the Associate Director for SEN and Disability to help him and his team prepare the 'Local Offer' to improve provision for young people and their families in line with the new Children and Families Act.
The school council have also had important roles to play with community members such as providing school tours to local MP's and charity officials.
The school council meets a minimum of once per half-term and sometimes more if there are agenda items to be discussed e.g. how to spend funding or if they are organising/preparing for a specific event.