What is a School Council?
A School Council is a formal group of pupils within a school who have been elected by their peers to represent them and their views.
Why do we have a School Council?
Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives.
We believe that our School Council provides a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them.
We believe that supporting and encouraging our School Council helps to improve many aspects of school life and consider that it is an important and useful way to provide leadership and development opportunities for our children.
We also recognise that School Council is an excellent way in which to increase participation, teaching our children about democracy, local and global citizenship and accountability.
Meet our School Councillors for 2022-23:
Fouad: Hello my name is Fouad and I am in Year 6R. I’m 11 years old. I was elected to the School Council because I said that I would help everyone in need. When I am older I would like to be a city councillor.
Heidi: Hello, my name is Heidi. I am 11 years old and I am a School Councillor and Prefect. When I became part of the school council it was shocking. As a School Councillor I want make school a better environment for adults and children. When I grow up I want to be a teacher or in the Household Cavalry (the Horse Guards).
Matilda: I am Matilda, 11 years old. I am a School Councillor. When I was elected, I said that I would help others and care for the environment. When I grow up, I would like to be a climate activist and an animal scientist.
Noel: My name is Noel. I am in Year 5SD. I got elected as I said that I would make school a more joyful experience for everyone. When I grow up, I would like to be a university teacher.
Mohannad: My name is Mohannad and I am in Year 5SD. I was chosen to be in the School Council by my classmates because I want to help the school get better and help us look after our local environment. I am helpful and respectful When I grow up I want to achieve a lot of things, including being the first Muslim goalkeeper.
Emily: My name is Emily and I am in Year 4. I got elected to be in the School Council by my classmates because I convinced them that I was the right person for the job! When I grow up I want to play for England and Liverpool as a defender.
Frankie : My name is Frankie and I am in Year 4. I got elected by making a speech to my class. I said that one of the ways I would help our school is by raising money for our school and local charities. When I grow up I aspire to be a football play (striker).
Keshanika: Hello my name is Keshanika and I am 7 years old. I am in Year 3S. I got elected because the majority of my class voted for me. When I grow up I would like to be a teacher.
Ethan: Hi, my name is Ethan and I am 7 years old and in Year 3. I was elected by my class and I got the most votes. When I grow up I would like to be a successful football player.
Friday 25th November, 2022 – A Visit from our local Member of Parliament
Maria Eagle MP visited our school today. The School Council were proud to welcome her. After receiving some tough questioning from the School Council, Maria was given a tour of the school by our Head Boy and Head Girl. Maria was very impressed by the charity work that the children had undertaken and enjoyed seeing the improvements made to the school building.
Friday 4th November, 2022 – School Council visit to the Palace of Westminster
The School Council were up very early this morning and travelled all the way down to London from Lime Street Station! They walked to Buckingham Palace and we discussed the role of the monarch within our democracy and then made our way to 10 Downing Street before our final stop at the Palace of Westminster.
In the Education Centre we met Lord Liverpool who spoke to use about the role of the House of Lords. We even got a tour of the Palace of Westminster.
Wednesday 2nd October, 2019 – Lower House of Schools’ Parliament at Liverpool Town Hall
- Meet the Decision Makers – this was an opportunity to meet with local councillors and others who make important decisions that impact on children and young people in Liverpool. The children that make up Banks Road’s School Council met Councillor Barbara Ann Murray (the Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills) and Steve Reddy, Liverpool’s Director of Education and Children’s Services. They had a robust discussion about how they, as young people, wanted to improve our city.
- The children worked together to write a manifesto of their ideas for improving Liverpool from a young person’s perspective. They met important Decision Makers from our city such as representatives from the City Council, BullyBusters, CrimeStoppers, Merseyside Police and many more!
Junior Lord Mayor 2019-20
Congratulations to Tehya, who was elected and then inaugurated as Junior Lord Mayor for July 2020. She was sworn in by current Lord Mayor, Cllr Anna Rothery.