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School Parliament


What is a school parliament?

A school parliament is group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school. In our school there are two representatives for each year group.

How do you get to be a councillor?

First of all, you have to be really well-behaved all the time. You have to write a manifesto and read it to the rest of the school. This tells the other children about you, why you would make a good school parliament member and about your ideas for making the school a better place. The other children then have to vote for whom they think will make the best leaders.

There are certain special jobs on the school parliament, like the head boy and head girl. The children who hold these responsible roles are voted into them by the other members of the council.

Who are the members of the school council?

What does it do?

A school parliament does a number of things:

  • The school parliament meets - usually with a teacher present - to discuss and sort out problems. These may include school lunches, behaviour or ideas for fundraising events.
  • Members of the school parliament will be responsible for carrying out the ideas that have been agreed, as well as collecting ideas and discussing events and problems with their respective classes.
  • Tries to make the school a better place by speaking for other children and putting forward their ideas
  • Raise money for charity
  • Have links outside of our school with other schools and the local community

What makes a good one?

A good school council is one that represents the views of all students and gets things done.

  • Regular meetings
  • A parliament that is not too big
  • Good communication between representatives and their class
  • Training for school council members
  • Annual evaluations 

Do they get anything done?

This year we have:


  • Identified the qualities of an ideal pupil for Thornhill.
  • Fundraising for Stop Poaching, World Book Day, Red Nose Day.
  • Identified the qualities of a new Headteacher and planned questions for the interview.
  • Organised the Easter hat competition.
  • Sort views from children with regard to sports day.
  • Supported the summer fair.