At Grace Darling C of E Primary School we are proud to have pupil representatives in various leadership roles. These roles are in place so that pupils have a voice and are involved in decisions about the school that affect them. Through the various roles, pupils have the opportunity to raise issues, share ideas and take part in discussions that involve all their classmates in reaching a democratic solution.
Pupils at Grace Darling know that this is their school and their thoughts and ideas matter.
Our Head Boys and Head Girls:
Head Boys and Head Girls are responsible for representing the school. They also serve as good role models for students and share students’ ideas with the school’s senior leadership team.
The Head Boy and the Head Girl share a passion and commitment for Grace Darling Primary School and act as the link between the students and staff. They demonstrate positive behaviours and act as role models for all years. The Head Boy and Head Girl support the school at events such as parents evening, helping out with productions or extra-curricular events. They contribute to the effective running of the school, as directed by any staff member and help to take responsibility as role models for younger students and help to ensure that the school is a safe and secure place for all students.
The Head Boy and Head Girl have the ability to work productively with others, whilst using their initiative to contribute to the positive ethos of the school. They are organised, responsible, enthusiastic, and great ambassadors for our school.
Find out more about some of the other student leadership initiatives we operate in school by clicking on the drop down menus below.
The School Council enables the children to have a say in the running of our school. This pupil voice provides the children with a greater sense of belonging, helps them to become more confident when putting forward ideas and develop a greater understanding of the need to work cooperatively for the good of others.
Our School Council comprises children from Years 1 to 6. Each member of our School Council is elected by their class. They represent the views of their class and feedback on the discussion points that were addressed at each meeting.
Our School Council incorporates British Values, in particular the values of ‘democracy’ and ‘the rule of law’. The School Council provides an opportunity to develop respect for democracy and an experience in the democratic process. It also promotes initiative in working positively to improve the lives of children in our school and community.
As a Church school, we feel that collective worship is at the heart of the school day and it is something that every child of all faiths and none are encouraged to engage with. It gives a stilling and reflective space in the busy school day to reflect on ourselves, others, the World and beyond. The more we have evolved collective worship at Grace Darling, the more we have seen the children want to take ownership of worship. To help with this, we have selected ‘worship leaders’. They meet with Mrs Sexton to offer feedback and ideas about how the school could do more as a Christian school, on the songs and activities they have enjoyed and on what has gone well/could be better.
The worship leaders also take it in turns to help with the collective worships. This will include reading the prayer, acting out bible stories, reading, selecting songs and evaluating the worship. Furthermore, in class, they help their teacher to set up for the class worship and will often speak with the class about ideas and feedback.
We always welcome visitors to our school and so if you would like to come and lead a collective worship then please do get in touch via the contact page.
The Eco Committee meet with Mr Stewart and is an ideal opportunity for our pupils to get more involved in the way Grace Darling Primary is run and help it to be environmentally friendly.
The Council benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers, because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made. Councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. It is the responsibility of each Councillor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of all the other pupils they represent.
The Accelerated Reader Programme and reading for pleasure have been a great success at Grace Darling which means we have had to create Junior Librarian Posts.
The selection was based on those students who genuinely have a love for books, love reading and a willingness to help and enthuse fellow students. The jobs the Junior Librarians do will include: getting to know the library stock of both fiction and nonfiction, in order to help all students whether they love reading or not to select an appropriate book, keeping the shelves tidy, making recommendations, returning and issuing books and of course having a say on displays and authors/genres they would like to see promoted in the library. After all, the library is for all students whatever their year and whatever their demands are.
Mrs Wass is looking forward to developing our new library over the coming year.