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Ellen Wilkinson
Primary School

Junior Governing Body

Junior Governing Body at Ellen Wilkinson

How it works

Ellen Wilkinson’s School Council members are elected each year through the democratic process of election. All pupils in years 1 – 6 have the opportunity to become a member if the Junior Governing Body as as a representative. Those who are interested have to prepare a speech stating why they consider themselves to be the right person for the job! Each child has to deliver the speech to their peers in their class and answer any questions. Once this is finished the voting process begins.

This early introduction to voting is intended to familiarise pupils with the key skills needed to become active citizens in the wider community.

Over the years school council members have participated in staff recruitment: Kevin Pitman the schools Site Supervisor was put through a gruelling interview by school council members when he applied for his job!


Ellen Wilkinson School Council has helped to introduce major changes to the school playground. They met with the Head teacher and Governors to discuss their ideas and give their views. They also looked at extensive plans for climbing equipment and surfaces for the floor to help choose the final products. One of their projects last year was to find out how well their peers like the new play equipment. The outcome was very positive; however, it was felt that the playground needs a ‘Buddy Bench’. After careful consultation with Mrs Ferguson, the new Buddy Bench will be introduced later this term.

During the first quarter of this year School Council will be choosing art work from across the year groups that they believe best represents the schools new values. They will also be giving feedback to Senior Leaders on a survey about school life.

School Council Meetings are held once every 2 – 3 weeks, lasting for up to one hour when members sharpen their skills in chairing, minute taking, secretarial skills, listening, putting forward ideas, decision making and communication to name but a few. Pupils have built up confidence in running short Class Council meetings when they report back to their peers on issues discussed at meetings.

At Ellen Wilkinson our purpose is to support the growth of School Council members to become dynamic and resourceful citizens.

School Council Members 2016 – 2017

Shark Adrian and Bhekhi
Whale Zahra and Armantas
Stingray Harvey and Selasie
Dolphin Dzung and Zara
Octopus Charley and Kernius
Seahorse Kenry and Austeja
Lobster Zain and Leva
Turtle Perla and James H
Jellyfish Senam and Agota
Starfish Mate and Kierrana
Lionfish Yusuf and Jessica
Clownfish Austeja and Saifan