At King's Somborne, we try to give a voice to all of our children, and for this reason we have a very specific approach to our Wellbeing Council that began in September 2021. We elect our Council at the beginning of each year (with all children being given the option as to whether or not they would like to apply); they are then a voice for their class, and a voice for their schoolmates. However, we do not want anyone in our school to 'lose their voice' so we welcome everyone to our meetings. There is no predefined limit on who gets chosen to be a part of our Council, instead, our Wellbeing Team of Mrs Boot and Mrs Jarvis look at the integrity of application, and who they believe are eager to make a difference.
We share our agendas for our meetings in advance, as designed by our councillors, with each class and let them know where the meeting will be taking place and when. If there is a topic on the agenda that interests anyone else, then we invite them to an open forum. Our Council then digest this information, take on board the feedback and decide next steps with the support of our adult leads, Mrs Jarvis, Mrs Boot and Mr O'Brien. As the leaders of our Wellbeing Team, as well as being our Wellbeing Council Support Team, Mrs Jarvis and Mrs Boot listen to our children to make improvements, and also work with our children to help them to solve any problems or issues that may be arising. The Council aim to make a difference in our school - striving for ways that we can make it even happier and safer.
So, find your voice - let us know what you think we could do to make this school even better, and let's work together to make this happen. Your voice matters, and your voice could be the one that makes the difference.
There is one very important thing though - if you have something that you want to talk about and it is making you worried or unsafe, then do not wait for a meeting! Talk to a trusted adult about it as soon as you can. You can find more information on how to do this on the Keeping Safe section of our website in the Children section (where this is too!).