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Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy

School Council

Our school council play an active role in the life of our school. Two class representatives are elected from each class (year 2 – year 6) creating a school council of 20 children.  The council meet at least every half term to bring the child voice of the school alive and make sure it is heard throughout the school.

This year has already been busy with:

  • Discussing and resigning the old garden area. Plans are in place and an update will follow.
  • The next discussion was around the celebration of winning the weekly attendance award and whether we still want to have a non-uniform day or whether we wanted a change but it was decided everyone was happy with the non-uniform day so it gets to stay!
  • The councillors have helped out at the Macmillan coffee morning.
  • The councillors have helped out at the Children In Need coffee morning.
  • The biggest mission we have started so far is improving the recycling around the school. Mr Tuckwood was invited to the meeting and we launched the campaign by writing letters to the caretaker and kitchen staff. (You can find the minutes below). The councillors held their own competition to design the label for the new recycling baskets which will be in every room. More details of this project will follow in the new year.

School council action plan 2019-2020

School council letter to Cleaners

School council letter to kitchen

Minutes 13-11-19 Recycling

 25 Things to do Before You Leave Whitefriars


The Whitefriars ’25 Things to do Before You Leave Whitefriars’ is designed to further enhance our outstanding curriculum. It gives every child the opportunity to participate in 25 experiences which they will remember for a lifetime. It has evolved from discussions about the National Trust’s top 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ . Each one of the top 25 is designed to push boundaries of experiences traditionally associated with school. The key idea behind it is to give children access to a range of experiences which they will always remember!


The list was constructed by the children and teachers of Whitefriars. First each class council constructed their own list which the school council representatives, after much discussion, collated into a single list. Teachers and other school staff also constructed their own list which was taken back to the school council and added where possible. Initial ideas were discussed, some were eliminated, others were expanded upon. The final ’25 Things to do!!’ experiences have been developed following these meetings.

Click here to access the '25 Things to do before you leave Whitefriars' bookletWord icon