Our school vision, LOVE, sits at the heart of our school. Through this vision, we support the character and moral development of all of our children, regardless of their age. Although we are an infant school, we want all of our children to have aspirations for themselves and for the communities of which they are a part of. Every child has a voice and every voice matters. One way that we achieve this is through our very active school council (our LOVE Council).
Our school council is led by a group of children in Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2). Each class elects a girl and boy representative by casting votes. The successful candidates are then sworn into their new roles during a special collective worship, receiving a shiny new badge that they must wear every day to school. Our school council members meet regularly with Miss Wright to discuss exciting projects, share ideas and solve problems. It is their role to be the voice of all of their classmates so we can all work together to create an even better school. They meet regularly with the Head of School to discuss and champion their suggestions.
Our school council organise and lead regular school surveys. To support our youngest children, we have introduced 'pom-pom' surveys. Our school councillors are responsible for setting up and leading 'pom-pom' voting stations in our school hall on a half-termly basis.
We arrange an annual visit to the Council House in Derby with our school council so that they have the opportunity to sit in the Chambers and chair an 'official meeting'! We are keen to welcome visitors into school from the world of politics (we were recently visited by Derby's Youth Mayor).
We actively encourage our children to engage in social action to help improve the local community. We have recently forged strong links with our local RSPCA Centre and local Police Community Support Officers.
Projects that our LOVE Council have been involved in thus far are:
- Redesigning our whole school behaviour policy (the introduction of Class Dojo)
- Selecting and designing our whole school reward system (including certificates and badges)
- Improving our school field
- Campaigning for donations to support our Enterprise Fortnight
- Visiting the local RSPCA Centre
- Organising a whole school fundraising day to support our local RSPCA Centre