Higher Openshaw Community School

Together We Learn

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Saunton Road, Openshaw, Manchester M11 1AJ

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School Student Council


Welcome to our School Council

What is a school council?

A school council is a formal group of pupils within a school who are elected by their peers to represent them and their views. A new school council is elected each year, with every class from Reception to Y6 nominating representatives. This creates a central group that speaks on behalf of the whole school and makes decisions about school life. We value the opinions of our pupils and the School Council gives pupils a forum to share these opinions with the Headteacher and other members of staff.

Why have a school Student council?

There are lots of reasons.

Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives.  A school council can provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them.

Experience from schools here and further afield shows that a school council that is supported and nurtured helps to improve many aspects of school life.

It is an important and useful way for schools to provide leadership and development opportunities for their pupils.  

Within the school curriculum, one of the key areas making up the ‘Learning for Life and Work’ theme is active participation.  The curriculum requires that young people are provided with opportunities to participate in school and society. School councils are an excellent way in which to increase participation, teaching young people about democracy, local and global citizenship and accountability.


What our School Student Council do?

Our school council work hard to hear the voices of the children. We allow children to give their views and suggestions and plan our school council meetings and action plans, based on what the children want. The members of the school council take their roles seriously and attend regular meetings, where they are passionate, mature, organised and overall help to improve school life for children at Higher Openshaw Community School.

What have we acheived.

  • Planned summer fairs 
  • Organised fund raising activities 
  • Helped to design new and improved pupil’s toilets 
  • Set up litter picking playground rotas
  • Allowed pupils time to complete pupil voice questionnaires
  • Attended remembrance services and town hall ceremonies with the Mayor
  • Chaperoned potential new members of staff around the school
  • Worked with Key staff looking at online safety policies

Miss Airey School Council (Teacher representative)

I am very proud to lead our School Council. We have amazing children in our school who have lots of great ideas on how we can work together to make a better school.  They do all the hard work and like to get involved as much as possible…making my job a bit easier! Our motto at Higher Openshaw Community School is: Each member of our school council truly does. We have children from Year 6 all the way down to Reception. We want to make sure that all children’s voices are heard in our school.  We meet every other week to discuss ideas and events and then each class representatives feeds back to their classes. I am very fortunate to work with a great group of children this year and I know we are going to achieve a lot for our school!

Meet our School Council pupil representatives

Head Pupil Nominations for 2022

Congratulations to our potential head pupils. Their Speeches were enpowering, positive and we all look forwward to the announcement. It will be a difficult decision with all candidates worthy winners!


Our potential candiates for 2022 & 2023
Our potential candiates for 2022 & 2023