The School Council is a fabulous example of how student voice can affect change – and quickly. Our School Council is a fair representative body of students; interviewed and selected by our serving House Captains to ensure that they fairly represent the thoughts and feelings of all. Each of our 42 form groups elects a form representative who meets with the reps from the 14 forms in their house, led by House Captains, to share the likely agenda items that the School Council need to discuss. House captains then meet together to determine an agenda for a full school council meeting. This is shared with each form who can ensure that their representative forwards their views to their House Captain or full School Council Representatives prior to the full School Council meeting.
School Council meetings are held at The Mayors Parlours (or the Town Hall if the Mayor is using the Parlours!) and are regularly attended by Taylor Shaw to discuss food provision and Senior Leaders in the school who can help to action the strategies and solutions the Council suggest.
Notable School Council improvements include the remodelled toilets (which still look great), the development of the Snack Shack, the remodelled dining room service and the amendments to school uniform. The additional picnic benching, new lockers and school hoody can also be attributed to the School Council. The School Council strives to meet termly but may hold extraordinary meetings where desired, for example during the consultation for Academy Status, the School Council met to ‘grill’ the Headteacher with a great many insightful and strategic questions – helping to shape the process and thinking for Senior Leaders and Governors going forward.
Bridgnorth Endowed School also hosted the inaugural Grand School Council for Shropshire Schools in Summer 2012; an opportunity we hope to develop further for the benefit of all young people in Shropshire.