At Merton Park we actively seek opportunities to involve children in future developments and plans. We listen to all children and believe that their views and ideas play a crucial role in improving our school.
Merton Park School Council consists of two representatives from each class (Yrs 1 - 6). These children are voted for by their peers. The School Council is a well-established group that meets every fortnight. The children take the lead in these meetings, assisted by Mrs Hastings. The group is highly valued and liaises regularly with the Headteacher and Governors. At least once a year the School Council takes over a staff meeting, so that the pupil voice is heard by everyone in the school.
Class Council is held weekly and this is a time for children to discuss class and whole school issues. The children’s ideas and opinions are recorded in a book so that they can be shared at School Council meetings.
In the past, the School Council has organised fund raising events; chosen new furniture for the school library; suggested ideas & designs for the school garden; planned events for sports day and written a healthy eating information leaflet for the children.
We are a Rights Respecting School and believe that, 'Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This right applies at all times.' Article 12 from the UN Convention on the rights of the child
We also believe that, 'Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.' Article 13 from the UN Convention on the rights of the child