Pupils views are obtained about a range of curriculum areas. We use the pupils responses and ideas to improve systems and ideas across the school. We currently have pupil voice groups set up for the following areas:
As a school, we aim to support out children to grow healthily and responsibly. Children are encouraged to eat healthy snack and lunches at school.
Ideas for a healthy packed lunch box can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/change4life-beta/healthier-lunchboxes#vepKBMbrmoTW5DY6.97
Last year, we run a Healthy Eating club for both parents and children. This has enabled children and parents to learn simple healthy recipes to use at home. We will be running this again later this academic year.
The children are currently developing a system of peer buddies to support each other in a range of learning situations.
Playground buddies have been trained in KS2 and are used to support KS1 at lunchtimes both in the dinner and on the playground.
A pupil voice team has been set up and is being used to evaluate the effectiveness of school policies.
The pupils have looked at different school policies and have shared their views on it. These views have then been shared with the teaching staff and changes made where needed.
The pupils have also attended an AAB meeting where they have meet the school governors and asked them questions.
Nursery and Reception children’s views are also obtained to support the development of the school.
At New Horizons Children’s Academy, we are proud to have democratically elected pupil representatives that take part in School Council meetings. The purpose of the School Council is to make sure that all pupils have a voice so that they can be involved in decisions about the school that affect them.
Through Class Councils, all pupils have the opportunity to raise issues, give opinions and share ideas in discussions led by a School Council member. The School Council also has a display board with a whole school suggestion box, which members bring to meetings. Wider issues can then be raised at School Council meetings to ensure that children’s views are heard.
Pupils at New Horizons know that they have a voice and that their thoughts matter.
Issues that might be discussed in School Council meetings include:
- School rules and policies
- School equipment
- School and community fundraising
- School meals
- Facilities in school
- Community issues
- Ideas to ensure all children are happy in school
Every child has the opportunity to participate in the activities of the School Council through class discussions with the School Council representatives.
The School Council Charter
Being a School Council representative is a very important job. Each member has signed the School Council Charter, a list of promises that he or she will follow to best represent their classmates.
Each member promises…
- To listen to what the people in our classes want and share their ideas in meetings.
- To make sure we share the views of our classmates and not just our own opinions.
- To attend regular meetings.
- To report back to our classes after meetings.
- To give up some of our personal time to make the school better.
- To help make positive changes at New Horizons.
- To be excellent role models by always making the right choices and having a positive attitude.
- To take part in whole school events.
School Council News
The School Council meet at least once a term to discuss school issues. School council meetings are organised by Mrs Bacon.
Below we have shared the minutes from our meetings so you can see what we have been talking about and the decisions that have been made so far.