Higher Openshaw Community School

Together We Learn

0161 223 3549


Saunton Road, Openshaw, Manchester M11 1AJ

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School Leaders


Our school offer pupils the opportunity for the children to lead in a variety of different areas. Leadership roles instill confidence and allow pupils the opportunity to solve problems creatively, develop responsibility and learn to work collaboratively as part of a team


Student Council 

A school council is a formal group of pupils who acts as a representative of their classmates in discussing school issues with the headteacher and staff. It’s a brilliant way of representing and contributing to Pupil Voice in our school.

The pupils on our Student Council all applied for the position and have been elected to represent the views of all pupils and also to improve our school. They help us make decisions about how the school is run and take on projects that support the children’s learning and development.


  • Additional After School Clubs 
  • Dojos to be rewarded with a physical reward- something to aspire to achieve. Children to work with Mrs Mellor
  • Cultural dishes for the dinners- dish of the week/month?
  • Recycling Bins in classroom - to be carried out through the implementation of an ECO team
  • Maths/Writing awards bought back
  • Hall monitors
  • Fixing of the roof in the playground



  • Additional, non sports based, after school clubs added to our weekly timetable ran by teachers. These to cover a range of areas influenced by children's intrests and requests
  • Student Council took a vote from the pupils based on their preferences for clubs. These have now all been implemented including cooking, gaming and art clubs.
  • Meeting arranged with Manchester City Council and their Waste and Recycling Team. They are to attend school in our next student council meeting (25.1.23) to discuss recycling in our school
  • Meeting completed with Manchester City Council- discussions regarding the setting up of an ECO team. 


Peer Mentors

Peer mentors provide advice and guidance whilst acting as a positive role model for younger people who require their support. It benefits the mentor as they develop skills in empathy and leadership whilst the pupil being mentored grows in confidence and develops their self-esteem.

Pupils applied for the position as peer mentor and then the roles were allocated by the SLT, supported by members of the student council. 

Children are 'buddied' up with other children who may need their support for a number of reasons. This could be for a short term intervention or over a longer period of time  if required. 


Library Monitors 

 Tasks include the mainting of the library and working hard to ensure it remains a comfortable, welcoming space for pupils to access books. 

 Playtime Buddies 

Our playtime buddies are pupils in KS2 who are extra vigilient on the playground in ensuring people are not feeling lonely and left out. Their job is to act swiftly if they see pupils upset and work to try and include them in friendship groups.  

 Sport Leaders

Tasks include supporting sport and play outside at breaktime and dinner. The support the PE lead with jobs that may need to be done. Sports Leaders will also be undertaking training to become 'Playmakers' through DREAM BIG. This will provide Year 5 & 6 pupils with the skills to lead activities during break times, giving learners the knowledge and skill to organise small games and activities.

Reading Buddies

Our Reading Buddies work with targeted pupils in Y2 and Y2/3 twice a week They listen to them read and support them in quiet sessions in the school library.