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At Carter the role of the Student Council is paramount and the involvement of our council is integral throughout our everyday school lives and community.  We believe that it the voice of the students through a structured forum which empowers our young people to play an active role in school life. Our Student Voice is involved in the recruitment process for new appointments at Carter, from the initial tours to interviewing candidates for the Principal’s position.

Every tutor group has two student representatives, who are democratically elected each October.  The process is supported with the external help of Poole Electoral Services and polling day is mirrored to that of a real life election; complete with ballot papers, polling booths and an official count all finalised with the returning officer from the Borough announcing the successful candidates.

The student Council have 4 places on the Governing Body where they meet with Governors regularly to take an active role in the decisions of the school. The Student Council attend termly meeting with other student reps from the Borough of Poole at the Secondary Schools’ Student Council Forum.

At our meetings direct action takes place through inviting the adults to listen to views and work out new solutions and trial new ideas. 

For example :-

·        Pledge week runs annually

·        PE kit has been changed to allow a tracksuit to be worn

·        Benches and picnic tables outside

·        Additional litter bins have been provided

·        Charity work and charities to support

·        Changes to the school planner

·        Continually altering the Menus for the school canteen

The council also plays a major role in reviewing and revising school policies.

The Structure

 

Two students are democratically elected from each tutor group. Student council meetings are then carried out each term during lesson time which really shows the level of importance placed on our student voice. At each meeting there will be people present who can give direct answers and discuss points. The Governors can often be seen at these meetings alongside mrs Tuffin the Catering  Manager and Mr Murphy the Site Leader.

Each Student Council Representative has a duty to listen to their peers and feedback information from the meetings and rake input ready to put forward for the next agenda. Council reps are served tea and biscuits at the meetings and minutes are taken with a Chairperson leading the meet which the students take turn in doing.

I have been contacted by the charity and organisation School Councils UK to share the Carter model as they believe the way in which our Student Voice is run is good practice and they want to share this practice with other schools in the hope to promote the young peoples voices in other education establishments.

If you have any further questions or suggestions about the Student Voice at Carter Community School please feel free to contact me at lidgardk@carter.poole.sch.uk


Miss Kristy Lidgard

Student Council Coordinator

Student council elections took place on the 22nd October - the following people were elected and will represent tutor groups on the School council.

Tutor Group

Student

Tutor Group

Student

7KL

Alana Davies

7KL

Rosie Fleming

7ML

Kian Gentry

7ML

Caeleigh Weaver

7OC

Daniel Harrison-Jennings

7OC

Kiara McManus

8CH

Emily Simes-Davies

8CH

Faye Graham

8HD

Benjamin Gregory

8HD

Lily Wakefield

8MG

Jack Shrimpton

8MG

Angel Hansford

8FK

Brian Collis

8FK

Kiya English

9DE

Olivia Goldsack

9DE

Ben Hawker

9CE

Amelia Case

9CE

Kacey Jones

9PB

Danielle Bessant

9PB

Alicia Harrison-Jennings

10CS

Capri Atkinson

10CS

Bethany Briggs

10CF

Ellie Harper

10CF

Henry Wakefield

10VS

Cameron Hanmer

10VS

Cassidy Winter

11SCh

James Boxell

11SCh

Jamie Warchal

11JD

Jacob Hooley

 

 

11JF

Thomas McCallion

11JF

Mohamad Shihab


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