Pupil Voice

Squads

Each child in school belongs to one of our squads. The Y6 children (if they want to) can apply for the position of Squad Leaders.

We changed our name from Tribes to Squads because the Governors had questioned whether the term 'tribes' gave the feeling of competition and war.

First we took some new ideas of names to the Senior Leadership Team and had a vote. The term 'squads' won, we felt this focused more on learning than just on competition.

Then we relaunched the squads through a whole school assembly and had votes for animals to symbolise each group. Each squad's animal has certain characteristics/learning attributes.

Spring - Springboks They are intelligent and agile so we will develop ways to solve a problem. We try to think outside the box!
Summer - Cheetahs They are resilient so we will keep going to achieve our targets and persevere even when things get tough.
Autumn - Foxes They are cunning and clever. They work together to achieve a goal. We will work together in our learning.
Winter - Snow Leopards They are independent and work alone. We will rely on ourselves to solve problems using the resources we have at hand to help us.

Two children from each team are chosen to represent their team in a range of responsibilities in school. They have to prepare a manifesto, speak in front of the team - outlining the characteristics they feel they can bring to the role and the team then cast their votes.

School Council

The School Council gives children a voice in the development and progress of Stradbroke Primary School. Children are elected at the start of each academic year. Each class from Years 2 to 6 provides one representative after potential candidates have produced election posters and produced a mini-manifesto persuading their class to vote for them. School Council meetings are held roughly once every 3 weeks, or more regularly if needs require.

We believe that the School Council encourages pupils to understand and value the ideals of British Values, democracy and citizenship. Our School Council focuses on a wide range of issues including the environment, lunchtime routines and the curriculum.

These are some of the previous projects or decisions we have been involved in:

  • Working with Governors to improve signage and parking round school.
  • Food tasting to help design a new menu with Taylor Shaw.
  • Working with Taylor Shaw (our catering company) to improve school dinners and communicate between them and the school. We then presented this information in a whole school assembly.
  • Taking suggestions from classes to develop projects to improve the school learning environment.

For this academic year, will have a set of objectives we hope to achieve in order to continue to make Stradbroke an outstanding place to learn and play.

School Term School Council Objectives
Autumn Term Making sure everyone is following the school rules.
Making the school a safer place.
Teacher and teaching assistant Christmas party involvement.
School Christmas dinner involvement.
Spring Term Proposing changes to the outdoor provision.
Promoting healthy eating in school.
Planting trees and gardening outside to improve outdoor areas.
Protect the school and local environment.
Summer Term Visiting local food banks to support local community.
Volunteer to be active in the local community.
Continue to protect the school and local environment (to become an Eco school).

Our School Councillors

Our fantastic School Council spent the Autumn term proposing improvements to the school's outdoor area so that the pupils of Stradbroke can continue to learn during their lunch time. They shared their proposals during assembly. The councillors will continue to assess the progress of their proposal during the Spring term.

As well as this, the councillors helped assist at the annual school Christmas dinner. The councillors helped to tidy and make the experience special for everyone.

The councillors also hosted a staff buffet to thank all the members of staff for their hard work.

Junior Wardens

This is a new role within the school this academic year in which we hope these children will play a key part in serving the school and wider Richmond community. As Junior Wardens, the children will develop their team spirit, self-confidence, and will give them a better insight into how our school community works. At the end of the academic year, the Junior Wardens will hold a presentation during KS2 assembly, where they talk about their experiences and the things that they have learnt throughout the programme.

Children are elected at the start of each academic year. Each class from Years 1 to 6 democratically votes for one representative after potential candidates have filled in an application form (in which they explain how they are already contributing to the local area and reasons why they should be a Junior Warden).

At one of our Junior Warden meetings, we decided that one of the actions we wished to take was to provide assistance and support to parents and children as they walk to and from school.

Looking further ahead, the Junior Wardens will undertake a walk around the local area to identify things which could be improved either by the Junior Wardens themselves or by reporting our concerns to the relevant local authorities.

School Term Junior Warden Objectives
Autumn Term Making sure everyone is following the school rules.
Making the school a safer place.
Safe parking and traffic control.
Spring Term Visiting the local area/community and proposing improvements to the council.
Continuing to make sure everyone is following the school rules and promoting a safe environment.
Safe parking and traffic control.
Summer Term Visiting Sheffield City Centre and proposing improvements to the council.
Continuing to make sure everyone is following the school rules and promoting a safe environment.
Safe parking and traffic control.

Our Junior Wardens

Our dedicated Junior Wardens provided a fantastic service for parents, carers and visitors on Tuesday through ensuring the safety of everyone entering and leaving the school.

We monitored road safety surrounding the school and drivers parking and stopping inconsiderately.

We will be continuing this service on a weekly basis throughout the year.