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Pupil Voice

School Council

A new school council is elected each year, with every class from Year 1 to Y6 nominating representatives. This creates a central group that speaks on behalf of the whole school and makes decisions about school life. We value the opinions of our pupils and the School Council gives pupils a forum to share these opinions with the Head of School and other members of staff.

Our School Council aims to encourage our children to:

  • Develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities
  • Prepare them to play an active role as citizens
  • Develop healthy, safer lifestyles
  • Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people
  • To have a “voice” and to share their opinions and ideas with others


At Barnsole Primary School we value the benefits of operating a School Council. The School Council represents the whole school. We feel they benefit the whole community and as a school we operate as a community. Through our School Council it is hoped that we can develop a balance and wholeness, helping to make our community more harmonious to live in. Our School Council work will enable pupils with positive attitudes to exert a positive influence. Everyone will benefit from the work of the School Council.

Our School Council aims to ensure our children have:

  • A safe, happy and fair learning environment
  • A forum to voice their concerns and act upon them
  • A structured opportunity to learn problem-solving skills
  • An opportunity to take an active role in the organisation of the school
  • An opportunity to experience a democratic process

Our School Council should encourage pupils to develop:

  • A sense of ownership over policy and practice
  • A consensus over school issues such as behaviour
  • A responsibility towards the school community and environment

School Council Elections

Class elections will be held every year so that different representatives can put forward their election speeches, as well as developing the full potential of the School Council to complete tasks. Our school council is made up of one representative from each class from Year 1 to Year 6. All school council representatives are elected by their peers at the beginning of each academic year.

Giving Feedback to Pupils

Following the School Council Meeting, School Council Members speak to their class to let them know what is going on and tell the class about the issues being discussed and what is happening next. This will encourage more children to contribute to further meetings, share worries and let members know the things which could be done to improve the school. The school will record School Council Achievements on the school newsletter as and when appropriate.

House Teams

At Barnsole Primary School we believe all children should be given a sense of belonging within our school community through encouragement to be positive role models and part of a supportive team.

Our House system creates friendly competition, promotes good work and behaviour, encourages teamwork, provides opportunities to take on responsibilities and brings everyone in the school together.

Every child who attends our school is assigned to one of four ‘houses’. Each house is made up of pupils of different ages from Reception through to the Year 6.

There are four houses at Barnsole Primary School, which are each led by an adult Head of House.

Heads of House

Adventurers House – tbc

Challengers House –tbc

Discoverers House –tbc

Explorers House –tbc

House Captains

Adventurers House Captain – tbc

Challengers House Captain – tbc

Discoverers House Captain – tbc

Explorers House Captain – tbc

As part of the wider curriculum at Barnsole we understand the importance of providing more opportunities for our older pupils to take responsibility and develop leadership skills. 

At the beginning of the academic year assemblies are held across both sites (Infants and Juniors) in order for the children to elect House Captains. One pupil from Year 6 is elected House Captain for each house.

The job of the house captains is to take responsibility for the leadership, direction and organisation of their house throughout the forthcoming academic year. One Deputy House Captains is also elected for each house to support the House Captains in their duties, such as the collection of house points and running the termly House Assemblies.

House Points

The children are given the opportunity to win house points for their team. House points are given for children for going ‘above and beyond’ what is normally expected of them at school. House points totals, across all year groups, are shared in our weekly Celebration Assemblies. Please see below for the latest score.