Orchard Way’s School Council is a group of pupils, who have been elected by their peers to represent each class, their views and to work hard to improve the school and care for the local community. The School Council is democratically created. Each class votes for two pupils to represent their class on the School Council. This teaches our pupils about democracy, local and global citizenship and accountability. It is also an important and useful way for the school to provide leadership and development opportunities for pupils.
The School Council gather the views from their classes on topics such as: how to improve the school, how to improve lunchtimes and choosing charities to support for fundraising. This year, the School Council have also visited the local Shrublands Trust Foodbank. The pupils started off by sorting donations on to categorised shelves and then helped volunteers by clearly writing use by dates on the products. Finally, the pupils had the opportunity to interview the volunteers to find out more about how the foodbank serves the community. The School Council have also written and delivered their own assembly and are looking forward to returning to the foodbank with donations gathered from school.