Pupil Voice

We offer lots of opportunities for pupils to get more involved with the running and organisation of our school.  Please see a selection of roles below:

Team Captains

At St Paul’s, the pupils and teachers work together to encourage team spirit and good citizenship in our school community. Our team captains are elected by their peers of their respective houses (Canterbury, Chester, Lichfield and York) and model these two qualities as well as leading their houses in the various sporting tournaments and school quizzes throughout the year.

Playground Leaders and Line Monitors

Playground Leaders and Line Monitors, selected from the Year 6 classes, guide the younger children in safe, co-operative conduct at playtimes and meet regularly to discuss their roles and general concerns. They also nominate younger children to receive awards which they present in our weekly praise assembly.

School Newspaper

The school newspaper is an opportunity for our pupils to share their thoughts and opinions with the whole school community. It is run by a committee of KS2 pupils and the content reflects their interests and ideas.

Anti-Bullying Council (ABC)

At St. Paul’s C of E Primary School we have pupils from Year 5 and Year 6 who are mentored to help children to resolve problems and differences at playtimes. The Ant-Bullying Council listens to each child and their view point and uses strategies they have been trained in to decide the best way forward. ABC members take on the responsible role of leadership and make decisions which impact on their learning environment. Each year new potential members complete an application form, attend an interview and then are appointed by existing ABC members. In this way, pupils are part of the leadership and management of the school and help to strengthen the pupil voice.

Anti-Bullying Steering Group Members

Mr Swindell – Deputy Headteacher – lead teacher for Anti-Bullying in school

4 x Y6 Pupils

Y5 + Y6 ABC members

Mrs Dixon – teaching support, member of church

Miss Cooke – teaching support, parent, governor

Mrs Boult – teacher, lead teacher of School Council

Mrs Cooper – Safeguarding Officer

Mrs Walker – teaching support, parent

School Council

St Paul’s School Council meets weekly to discuss the views and opinions of the pupils. Any suggestions brought forward are discussed and a plan of action agreed. Examples include improving children’s ability to move around school during Lunch Time in a calm and safe manner and setting up groups of children to collect litter which is blown into the school grounds.
Members have also organised visits from Park Hall Primary and Crescent Academy to explore how other local schools compare to St Paul’s. Issues raised are solved by seeking the support of other schools. For example, pupils visited Crescent Academy to gather evidence of the quality of school meals so that they could carry out a survey to compare our own school meals. Also, members joined in with Park Hall’s sports day to compare their sporting facilities with our own.
Recently, members compiled a reading questionnaire to identify children’s attitude and opinion towards reading. They were able to collect information on children’s enjoyment of reading as well as the thoughts of the books in the rainbow reading scheme.
School Council members pride themselves in being selected by their peers and set high standards for their peers. They are the voice of the children in our school and facilitate the opinions of the St Paul’s children to be heard and responded to.