We want pupils to play an active and positive role in all aspects of school life, where children take on key leadership roles and ensure that their voices and opinions are heard and valued.
We believe that all pupils should be given the opportunity to lead an initiative or hold a position of responsibility that impacts the school, so we offer a wide range of leadership roles.
The pupils of Mary Deans C of E Primary School can be part of the following pupil leadership initiatives:
● School Council
● House Captains
● Sports Leaders
● Eco Council
● Digital Leaders
Each area of leadership has a link teacher who works closely with the pupils to develop new projects, arrange events and help the children to contribute to the voice and vision of our school. We are actively moulding our pupils to be pro-active citizens.
Our School Council
Kayla & Josh
Mary Dean’s School Council
Our council is made up of children from year 1 to year 6. Our Chair speaks with Reception children in the summer term to inform them of what it is we do, ready for their input in year 1.
After nominations and successful campaigning, our new members were announced in September 2021. School Council elections form an important part of our school democratic process.
Responsibilities of the elected members are:
● To be positive role models in all areas of the school.
● To share their thoughts openly and honestly, whilst being respectful.
● To feedback to their class whatever is discussed in the meeting.
● Year 5 School Councillors take on key roles and responsibilities in meetings, such as Chair and Clerk.
● To bring the ideas of their classmates to meetings, or speak to the lead teacher, if an urgent/ earlier meeting is required.
● To help make positive changes to our school.
Current projects that members are involved in are:
● The recruitment of a new Head Teacher
● Planning a whole school event to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.
Achievements/responsibilities so far:
● Evaluating and improving our playtime routines and equipment
● Organising a fundraising activity for Children in Need, resulting in over a £150 charity donation
Our House Leaders
House and Deputy Captains
All KS2 pupils represent one of our four houses -Moonstone, Sapphire, Emerald and Ruby- and earn points for their house by demonstrating outstanding learning behaviours and by competing and by serving the school community. All KS2 teachers also represent one of our four houses.
As part of our Pupil Leadership offer, we believe that children need to experience duties and responsibilities that come with being a member of a community in order to help them prepare to play an active role as citizens in the wider world.
At Mary Deans C of E school, the role of the House Captain is very important to the day to day organisation of our school. Only our year 6 pupils are allowed to apply for the position of House and Deputy Captain as we believe they demonstrate the maturity and responsible attitude needed to fulfil the role. They are more than just a title and badge –they are role-models for our school and require dedication and commitment for an entire year.
The positions not only allow the Year Six pupils to lead by example and demonstrate their responsibility, it also enables the younger children to learn from a good example.
Each child Year 6 is given the opportunity to apply for the job. They prepare a manifesto to share with the children in their House colours and then those children vote in a formal election. The elections are organised and run by Year 6 teachers.
Once their application has been successful, the roles are announced in a whole school celebration assembly.
Characteristics of House Captains
● Polite and well-mannered
● Organised and committed
● A confident speaker
● Well-presented in uniform and appearance
● Able to liaise and converse with staff, peers, and the wider community
● Desire to act responsibly and to be a role model for other students
● Be caring, mature and honest
We expect you:
● To be a positive role model and ambassador for the school, demonstrating our school values.
● To be enthusiastic and committed to the House System at Mary Dean’s C of E school.
● To be friendly and positive with all students, particularly within your House.
● To be part of the team of House Captains who work together to achieve success for all.
● Lead and support the children of your House in a variety of House Competitions and whole school events
● Work closely with the PE department and Year 6 staff, providing ideas and support for competitions and House related activities
● Collect, monitor and announce House Points.
● Attend regular meetings with key members of staff
● Inspire and motivate the children of your House and lead House assemblies
● Be an excellent role model in behaviour, attitude and dress at all times
● To support the dinner staff with the running of school lunch times
● Showing visitors around the school
● Helping to set up the hall for assemblies
Year 6 Monitor Roles
In Year 6, everyone is expected to take on a monitoring role, helping with the younger children.
It is intended to help make us good citizens and role models.
EMPOWER is a group of children who have been trained by the NSPCC to evaluate PSHE lesson plans and resources. They took part in using a numbered scale to evaluate different parts of a lesson, and shared their feedback on what they thought was good, and what could be improved further. The EMPOWER group recently evaluated our puberty lessons, and will shortly look at our Y6 relationship lessons. As a school, we value pupil voice and embed it into our provision; by listening to pupils, we are able to improve our practise.