Grange Park Parliament
Grange Park Parliament
At Grange Park, we are proud to have our own school parliament. This is an opportunity to hear the views of all pupils through a democratic process and learn how to action ideas.
Our School Parliament focuses on:
- Working and learning together
- Learning about democracy
- Learning how to play a positive role model in our community
- Improving our school for everyone
Each class across the school has a class councillor who is responsible for collecting the views and issues raised in their classes. In Year Six, instead of councillors, each 'family' has two MPs (Members of Parliament).
Every half term, the MPs meet with the class councillors to receive feedback and ideas from across the school. These meetings are chaired by the MPs who also work to an agenda and take minutes.
The MPs meeting weekly with an Assistant Headteacher to work through an action plan and discuss any future initiatives.
The MPs meet with Tijen each half term to feedback on any progress and to discuss ideas.
How the School Council was formed
A special 'Polling Day' takes place each year to vote for the councillors and MPs.
First, the children listened to speeches by candidates from their 'families'.
The children were then given ballot papers and were asked to vote for the candidate they thought would represent themselves, their class and their family the best. Each child placed the voting papers into the ballot box.
Through the meetings and feedback from across the classes, we established that our initial focus for this academic year would be to continue developing lunchtimes within the school.
“We have chosen to develop lunchtimes further as they are already a fantastic part of the school day, allowing for us to socialise with our friends and enjoy a range of sports activities. We would like to further improve lunchtimes by developing a mentoring programme between younger and older children, leading playtime games and continuing to look at how we can improve our dining experience,”
Imogen, Broomfield MP
“Part of what makes our school special is how we care for each other, by working together we can make sure that everyone’s voice is heard. We communicate with the class councillors, Lynsey and Tijen to pass ideas back and forward and make our school even better,”
Daniel, Grovelands MP
Our fantastic class councillors are excited to represent the children's voice across the school.