At Giggleswick Junior School we believe that pupils should be given a wide range of opportunities to develop and practice leadership skills in preparation for life beyond school. There are a number of opportunities for pupils to take on leadership roles at the school. Our Pupil Leadership Team will focus on improving the quality of learning and teaching in the classroom, supporting the school’s core aims of participation, respect and ambition, as well as helping us in our ethos of providing a supportive and stimulating independent education that prepares confident young people for the opportunities of adult life.
Pupil Leadership Team (PLT)
The Pupil Leadership Team (PLT) act as ambassadors for Giggleswick Junior School. After careful selection following an application and interview process, a team of Year 6 pupils form our PLT for the year.
Their roles include:
- Representing the school to visitors. This includes meeting and greeting, organising tours and supporting staff on Open Mornings/Events.
- Supporting learning walks with teachers on professional development programmes.
- Speaking at key school events (for example chapel services) and providing feedback to governors and members of the school SMT, including the Headmaster.
- Forming an interview panel for externally advertised posts. Their feedback to the staff interview panel provides part of the selection process, alongside the range of recruitment procedures.
- Contacting prospective pupils prior to taster days and welcoming them on arrival. Working with Taster Buddies to ensure prospective pupils are supported and have an enriching experience at GJS.
Every pupil at GJS is entitled to have their voice heard. Each form from Y1-6 will be responsible for electing representatives, using this channel to raise areas for discussion and for hearing, and abiding by, the outcomes. The Student Council provides a forum where representatives raise, discuss and propose resolutions about issues which are important to the pupils they represent. The process of electing representatives, drawing up agendas and convening meetings will model good democratic practice, and the School Council will receive training. School Council representatives are responsible for gathering information from the pupils they represent and for feeding back after meetings.
The opportunity to train and help support supervising staff at break-times is available to all pupils in Y5 and Y6. Buddies will play with pupils who are feeling lonely, look after pupils who are in need of first aid or are upset, and help monitor the relationships of all pupils in the playground; reporting to staff if necessary.
Buddies help support vulnerable pupils, including those who are new to the school, taster pupils and younger pupils.
Selected pupils in Y3-6 will act as monitors for the technology that is used in school. They are pupils who are interested, and enthusiastic about technology. They will be trained to increase their knowledge at various levels. They spread good behaviour with technology, support teachers and are able to showcase technology in and out of lessons.
Our Eco Committee is open to any pupil interested in helping to promote environmental issues and supporting sustainability across the school. They will meet half-termly to plan future developments and fundraising events linked to their agreed action plan. Our Eco Committee led the drive towards Fairtrade status, promoting and supporting a Fairtrade Breakfast and workshop with other local schools during Fairtrade Fortnight. In 2016 the school achieved both FairAware and FairActive status.
The Eco Committee is helping to develop our outdoor learning area, supporting growing vegetables and recycling/composting waste.
Other responsibilities – librarians, house captains, sports captains, music/choir captains, reading buddies.