At Marsh Lane Primary School, we fully value the voice of our pupils and the important contributions they make to their school and school life. We encourage our children to be confident to have a voice and to feel that their ideas are listened to and valued greatly.
When we have visitors or prospective parents in school, we encourage them to speak to our pupils, in order to allow them to have the best insight into our school life. Our children are happy, confident and well-behaved individuals and we are proud of each and every one of them.
Marsh Lane’s School Council is the voice of the children at our school. The role of our School Council is:
- to represent the views of the children;
- to raise issues with the adults and tell them about any big problems;
- to have a say in decisions about things that affect the children at our school; and
- to play an active part in making our school a better place
At the beginning of the school year, each class from Reception to Year 6 elects two pupils from each class to represent the views of the children in their class. The School Council then meets every fortnight to discuss issues that are important to the children or to provide pupils' opinions to help our school leadership team make decisions.
Sometimes the children will choose items to be discussed, and sometimes the school leadership team or our school governors will ask that a matter is taken to the School Council so that they can find out what the children think. In recent months this has included decisions about our new class names and house names, how children would like to celebrate Book Week and fundraise for Sport Relief, how we can improve our school website, giving feedback on displays in school and our new behaviour policy, etc.
We are very proud of our School Council and the important role they play in our school.
In our school, all our Y6 pupils have been properly ‘trained’ through the Derbyshire Sports Partnership as Play Leaders. They assist the children in Reception, Year One and Year Two in setting up games and activities at lunch times.
We also have four Young Ambassadors, who have also undergone training through Derbyshire County Council. The children are skilled at helping the children to work and play together in school and to recognise when some children are having difficult times in the playground. We are also currently extending this training to develop Peer Mediators. These are a group of children who will be trained to help children to sort out their problems and differences by attending special meetings. By taking turns, the people who have had a disagreement listens to the other person’s viewpoint and they decide (with the help of the Peer Mediators) the best way forward.