Pupil Voice - School Council

Oliver Goldsmith has an active School Council. School Councillors are elected by their class and bring any issues, concerns or ideas their class may have to council meetings.

School Council & Democracy In Action at OGPS as part of our commitment to promoting British Values

At OGPS we promote the democratic processes through the election of school councillors. Each September we revisit the concept of democracy and pupil voice, with the children taking part in the campaign and election process from Year 1 to Year 6. Our Year 6 pupils are charged with the responsibility of leading and take on the roles as Chair, Vice Chair, Clerk and Vice Clerk. The school council fosters the concept of freedom of speech and group action to address need and concerns. They make presentations back to their classes and to the school governors. They are supported by a member of the Senior Leadership Team, our Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Dean

OGPS School Council: Run by the children, for the children

The School Council has key responsibilities:

  • To represent pupils, discuss issues that classes bring to their attention and work to resolve them.
  • To select the charities that the school will support each academic year.
  • To respond to annual pupil survey results and work to solve problems.
  • To help with school development to make the school an even better place.

The 2021-22 School Council Team

Meet the current school councillors: School Councillors 2021-22.pdf

Some of our school councillor's speeches:

  • 'The reason I want to be a school councillor is that I would like to help improve the school for all students. I can do this by listening to your ideas and presenting them to the teachers and the school. I have one idea myself and that is to have toilets upstairs. Please vote for me.' Mukti, Year 3.
  • 'School councillors help people and help them improve their learning skills. They create a school culture of success for all. they take care if the school so there is no damage or problems. They make sure no one gets hurt and to make sure we are taking care of each other. School councillors work as a team to make the school better. This is why i would like to be a school councillor.' Octavian, Year 5.
  • 'I wanted to jump to this responsibility because I would love to talk about things that benefit our school and the community....it would be a dream come true if I became a school councillor.' Zahra, Year 5.
  • 'The reasons why I should be a school councillor is because I am respectful to others, supportive, a good listener. confident and I always show the school rules in my behaviour.' Arsis, Year 4.
  • 'If I am picked for school council, I will make sure we learn in an environmentally friendly school and raise awareness about the 3 Rs. I will help everyone learn about being kind to one another. I will fund raise money for charity or new equipment for school. I will think of fun events. I will also listen to your ideas and tell them to the rest of the council.' Sakina, Year 4.
  • I think I would be a good school councillor because I am approachable and if someone has a problem, I will sort it out in fair way and to the best of my ability. I also enjoy helping whether it's a teacher or a student. If you have any ideas or suggestions, I will take note and put them forward at meetings.' Malika, Year 5.
  • 'I hope to create an enjoyable environment through holding competitions across year groups. Safety will be considered as the top priority. Students will gain a sense of accomplishment and responsibility by partaking in these activities.....I hope that you vote for me as school councillor. I will continue to work persistently to make OGPS a happier place to learn.' Yasmin, Year 6.
  • 'I really do hope I get the job because first of all, I believe I can do it. I think that I will make responsible decisions that will help the school and maybe improve it. I will use other people's advice to help me make my opinions on something and may correct it if I think my opinion is partly or fully incorrect. I believe I have good leadership skills and these coudl help me with leading a group.' Nicolas, Year 6.

What difference has our School Council made at OGPS and beyond?

  • In autumn 2021-22, the school councillors helped shape our whole school Behaviour, Anti-Bullying and Exclusion Policy by deciding on the reward systems.
  • In 2020-21, the school councilors, alongside their classes, decided to support UNICEF (international charity) and Cancer Research (national charity). They raised £362 for UNICEF by running a 'Mad Hair and Accessory Day' and £714.76 for Cancer Research by taking part in a school run.
  • As the school was closed from March to July 2020 - the school council were unable to meet - the same children elected for 2019/20 stayed on as school council members in Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021.
  • In autumn 2019, school council decided to support Brent Foodbank for both Harvest and for our main charity.
  • In summer 2019, the school carried out a Read-a-thon to raise money for our own school as well as raising money for Northwick Park Hospital, Children's Ward (Jack's Place). With the money raised, we purchased 40 DVDS that were delivered to Jack's Place to cheer up some of the children who might be staying there.
  • In autumn 2018, school council chose to support Brent Food Bank both for our Harvest appeal and in a fundraising event. We raised over £1000 for Brent Food Bank.
  • June 2018, governors chose to support the children's second place election issue which was new toilets! The school council chose the new designs and colour schemes for all the toilets at a cost of £85,000! When they were opened in Sept 2018 there were lots of happy pupils and parents!
  • May 2018, children ran a school election on local issues - the issue with the highest votes was the "stationery party" who promised that children could bring in their own pencil cases to school. This was put into effect in the last half term of the year!
  • March 2018, School Council running fundraising event for Sport Relief 2018. By having a non-uniform day and setting up active adventure trails in the playground, the school council managed to raise £572.05 for sports relief.
  • February 2018, School Council met with our catering team from Chartwell to help give feedback and shape development of school meals.
  • 17th November 2017, "Mad or Bad Hair Day" for Children in Need raising £384, see newsletter for more details Edition 54 Fri 10th Nov 2017.pdf
  • In 2017-18, the School Council elected their year six leaders and chose to support Children in Need in the autumn term. A school wide vote is being carried out select an international charity for the spring term and a local charity for the summer term.
  • In the year 2016-17, School Council ran stalls at the Y6 Christmas Fair to fundraise plus organised a whole school talent show in the summer term to also raise money. Their chosen charity for the year was "Save the Children".
  • The School Council was responsible for helping select the new KS1 playground equipment installed in the summer of 2016.
  • The School Council set up the playground rotas so there is fair chance for all pupils to use different area and equipment.
  • The School Council were part of the interview process to recruit a new Headteacher in February 2015 and Deputy Headteacher in January 2016.
  • The School Council has met with our catering team from Chartwells to help shape the school hot meals menu to encourage more children to try a hot meal.