democracy

At Bowling Green democracy is taken very seriously. Children are actively encouraged to have a voice and share their views and opinions regularly. Our active school council is one such example.  Every September we have an election week when the candidates for class representatives on the school council pitch their election manifesto to the rest of their class.  A secret ballot ensues and the results are announced in a special assembly.  The children love this process and have great respect for the outcomes.

 

Unlike some schools, we allow pupils to stand for election on more than occasion. This reflects an underpinning principle of the democratic system – ‘If you do a good job, people will vote for you again! If you don’t do a good job, it is not likely that you’ll be voted in!’

 

The School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class and on the playground that they take back to their classes where they gather the opinions of their peers to bring back to School Council. Also at the start of the year, children from Year 6 stand for election by their peers to become Heads of Houses. They must prepare a speech to state their case as to why they would be suitable to lead their house. We currently have 8 serving heads and their responsibility is to organise competitions and reinforce our high expectations of behaviour, standards of work and social interaction around school.

Members of our Governing Body are elected following these same democratic principles. 

 

Regular surveys of parents and carers, pupils and staff inform the School’s Self-Evaluation and priorities for development each year.