School Council – Mill Lane

Please meet our newly elected School Council with representatives from Reception to Year 6. They meet and share information together that they feel is important to improve our school. Pupil voice is a vital part of our work at TCS, Mill Lane in having a say in the decisions that affect them.

27th April 2018

In the meeting, the children discussed how teachers help them to learn. Here are some of the responses they made:

  • We like that teacher’s deal with poor behaviour and it is not tolerated
  • Our teachers will help us if we do not understand something
  • We enjoy the activities that our teachers plan for us
  • We prefer practical tasks rather than worksheets/paper jobs
  • Outdoor Learning is loved but some of the children don’t enjoy getting dirty!
  • Marking is helpful and green comments help us to see what we can do to improve

On the whole, the children love their teachers and nobody had a bad word to say!


17th March 2017

We had an open meeting with no set agenda where we could share any feedback from classes and discuss plans for the School Council next term.

Our discussion points:

  • Concerns about cars coming in and out of the car park at the beginning and end of the school day while pupils are walking in or out.
  • Children not liking walking past the parents who smoke just outside the school gate along the path by the car park/flower bed. I did point out that it is a public path not school grounds.
  • The fact that our playground is a small area for number of children and because the field is muddy for majority of school year not able to access it. Talked about some of field being added to playground area with an all – weather surface.
  • Lunch times since the classes sit together at own table has meant some year groups feeling they have to endure inappropriate conversations and food throwing/flicking. This comment was mainly from Year 5.
  • Request for a clock on the playground and suggested it was put up on the green wall of Dr. Gray’s office.
  • Query about any feedback on previous mention from School Council about the poor condition of dictionaries, etc…

Thought for next term:
School Council to do something for the school rather than just meetings.

Ideas put forward:

  • Art workshop for mural
  • Stall/face painting at fete
  • Raise money through bake sale
  • Area of school to improve

6th December 2016

This week, pupils have been deciding on ideas for a reward for our attendance target ‘Remember, remember, be on time in November’. They have come up with a treasure hunt as the top idea which will take place on Thursday 15th December for all 282 pupils that were on time in November!

13th December 2016

This week we have been looking at our school menu and lunchtimes and trying to suggest improvements.

Things that pupils enjoy:
• Chatting with their friends
• Weekly roast
• Fish and chips
• Opening own lunch boxes

Suggestions for new menu choices:
• Chicken pie
• Chicken nuggets
• Chicken burgers
• Pepperoni pizza
• More variety of desserts
• More variety for vegetarians
• More choices of fruit

Food not enjoyed:
• Savoury rice
• Meatballs and sauce

Ideas for the future:
• Music playing
• Mexican day
• Picnics in Summer for class a week
• Fry up
• Fish and roast not always the same day each week
• Christmas cake with Christmas Lunch
• Water on the tables

These comments, along with suggestions for improvements in the hall to make lunchtime a more enjoyable experience, have been discussed at the leadership meeting and will be addressed.

At the end of the meeting they quickly looked at the proposed uniform changes. They used a show of hands to find out what the group think.

Striped shirt – 2 votes
White shirt – 10 votes
Tie – 3 votes
No tie – 3 votes
Unsure – 6

27th January 2017

Red Nose Day
Shared the ideas Mrs. Fleming put forward for our Red Nose Day fundraising.

Council voted:
Talent show 5
Non-uniform 1
Cake sale 4

Majority felt just wearing red was very like what we have done in the past. The other ideas were much more popular.

School Uniform Changes
Took a second vote with these school council members.

White shirt 7
Striped shirt 4
Tie 8
No tie 3

Lunchtime changes
We discussed the changes that have taken place and children gave their feedback.
The Council all agreed that the hall was calmer and there was less messing around.
Majority prefer new seating arrangements as less noise and no one is being asked to move.
Two members commented that they miss sitting with friends or siblings.

24th February 2017

The School Council discussed target setting and how we could be more involved with the setting of our learning targets.

Feedback from all members:
• Enjoy being conferenced about their targets and like to set at least one of their own
• Liked idea of them being displayed in classroom on stars
• Felt writing or typing them up for themselves would help them remember them better
• All Rec and Y1 couldn’t share their targets except for one

We also discussed the clubs attended and run in school to see how we could improve them further. Click here to see survey.

3rd March
Ideas for Rewards Day

We discussed Rewards Day trips we have had before and enjoyed, then spoke to our neighbour about what would be good for this year.

• Theatre/cinema visit
• Swimming
• Pennywell Farm
• Bowling
• Nature reserve visit
• Laser park
• Theme park
• Woodlands
• Crealy
• Beach

It was also suggested that for Bronze, a local visit to a park would be good or indoor activities at school. At our next meeting we will share any different ideas our classes suggest.

Talent Show
Although some were aware it will be happening not all knew about this. They suggested they need a letter soon with slip so pupils entering can sign up. Or thought teachers could share with classes and take their names.

Changes already happening

We discussed what changes we could see happening already.

• Drinks with lunch
• Improved seating with class tables
• New menus due in April
• Music playing at lunchtime
• Ideas for uniform
• Toilets being redone

All thought it was great that things are being changed and ideas being listened to.

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