Swain House Primary School
Headteacher: Mrs Dianne Richardson

Pupils  »  School Council

At Swain House we have a democratically elected school council which is re-elected every September. There are at present 20 school council members with 2 councillors from every class from year 2 onwards.

The School Council are responsible for leading charity fundraising events in school. Over the past 3 years we have raised over £6000 for Comic Relief and Children In Need through bun sales, a sponsored run, selling red noses, wearing our pyjamas to school and a sponsored Gangnam dance in the playground!
Our School Council work hard to make positive changes to the way the school works.

Why do we have a School Council?
  • School Councils develop life skills
School Councils enable pupils to have a voice and to understand that their opinions count.
Being a school councillor provides a basis for active learning of important life skills such as teamwork, problem solving, moral reasoning skills as well as developing speaking and listening skills. It also boosts pupils self esteem and self confidence.

School Council experiences provide a dynamic foundation for learning about citizenship. By being a part of the School Council pupils acquire the skills which help them to become resilient to negative experiences.
  • School Councils improve behaviour
Through the development of positive peer leadership the responsibility for maintaining good behaviour is not only the teachers but is taken on by all members of the class and the whole school community.
Pupils become able to amicably resolve conflicts amongst their peers reducing disruptive behaviour.
There is improved communication between pupils and teachers, senior management and governors.
The school develops into a community where pupils and teachers work in partnership towards shared goals.