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Ellen Wilkinson
Primary School

Junior Governing Body (School Council)

Junior Governing Body at Ellen Wilkinson

How it works

Ellen Wilkinson’s Junior Governing Body members are chosen each year through the democratic process of election. All pupils in years 1 – 6 have the opportunity to become a member of the Junior Governing Body 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, the Junior Governing Body (previously known as School Council) members have participated in staff recruitment: Simon Sutton the schools Site Supervisor was put through a gruelling interview by Junior Governing Body members when he applied for his job!



Our quarterly updates on projects can be found here.

Quarter 1 Summary 

Quarter 1 Summary:

We, the Junior Governors, have been selected through an election process which took place during British Values’ week in September. Children had the chance to learn about the democratic process and then took part in a ballot which resulted in the election of the school’s Junior Governor Body.

Houses of Parliament:

  • The JGB had the exciting opportunity to have a tour of the Houses of Parliament and Houses of Lords. 
  • They attended a workshop which allowed them all to learn the history behind both the houses. 


  • The JGB had the opportunity to meet and discuss the best use of playground equipment.
  • Junior Governors expressed helpful suggestions which have already had a positive impact during break and lunch times.

UP and Out Week:

  • The JGB had the opportunity to write letters to individuals from different trades to invite them to Up and Out week.
  • They then had a chance to host and provide them with a tour of our school.
  • They had the opportunity to meet and have a Q&A with Sir Stephen Timms about his political career. 

Quarter 2 Summary 

Quarter 2 Summary:

Anti-bullying week:

  • During Anti Bullying week, we carried out pupil voice surveys, where we identified areas the children felt safe and where they would like more support.
  • We will soon feed this information back to the Senior Leader Team. 


Good Deeds at Christmas:

  • The JGB promoted the Christmas Kindness Calendar throughout the month of December, as well as a Festive Jumper day on 15th December 2023 raising money for Save the Children Charity


Food Tasting:

  • Members of the Junior Governing Body had the chance to participate in the menu development programme for Juniper (our caterers).
  • The development team asked our JGB members for their feedback on a number of potential dishes for the new menus.
  • The JGB were very forthcoming and provided feedback which was valuable to the caterers.


Curriculum Survey

  • The children had a chance to meet with Mrs Ferguson and discuss questions they could ask for the curriculum survey.
  • The JGB conducted a meeting and finalised questions for the curriculum survey to help teachers prepare for Inset day curriculum changes.

Junior Governors 2023 - 2024

Shark Kydon & Steven
Whale Paulina & Khadija
Stingray Lakshana & Victoria
Dolphin Evie & Abdul Mueed
Octopus Milana & Nikita
Seahorse Rexhep & Raphael
Lobster Khalid & Nicole
Turtle Isabelle & Oliver 
Jellyfish Jervanni & Rueben
Starfish Feliks & Eva
Lionfish Emma & Marnie
Clownfish Tilly & Halle