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St James’s Catholic Primary School ‘Put out into the deep’

Pupil Council

Pupil Council was set up in 2004 and serves as a democratically elected body and a voice for the children in our school.


Candidates have to deliver a speech and give reasons as to why they are the best candidates to represent their class. Pupil Council membership runs from Years 2 – 6. Classes vote for a boy and girl representative. This system of elections is held every year with an opportunity for new members to run for a position.

We build a foundation of understanding how a meeting runs, and how a Council can be effective. From this children elect a leadership team to guide and direct meetings, the agenda and aims throughout the coming year. This leadership consists of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, which are shared by two members each from Years 5 or 6.

Mr Alvarez attends the meetings and oversees the council. A budget is allocated to the council and the children discuss how the money is to be used. Minutes are recorded by the secretaries and the children take their roles very seriously.


The Council has already played an important role in the judging of the St James’s Great British Bake Off, supported the initiation of the Habits of Mind scheme throughout the school and have taken part in some key questionnaires which have supported new initiatives within the school.


This year we aim to achieve:

  • Developing the profile of Pupil Council,

  • Anti-bullying,

  • Rights Respecting Schools,

  • Introduction of sub committees (namely: Global subcommittee, School Subcommittee and Community subcommittee)

  • Introduction of Smart School Councils Community.