A Democratic School Council

Pleckgate School Council is a representative body for the students at Pleckgate. It consists of two students from each form in years 7-11, a group of Senior Prefects in Year 11 are also involved in leading the Student Council.

School Council Representatives are elected by their peers.  The Council meets once a term to discuss specific and relevant issues that have been raised by students. A number of issues and topics have been on the agenda this year:

  • Raising money for charity.
  • School environment
  • School trips
  • School uniform

Student Voice

We carry out regular student voice at Pleckgate High School that allows students from across all five-year groups to have their opinions and voices heard. The student council meets once a month, and each meeting is split up into year group meetings. A senior prefect runs each group meeting whereby they take notes about the issues and ideas raised. Once the meetings have finished, the senior prefects then debrief with a member of staff so that all the ideas can be put forward to the senior leadership team. The idea of the senior prefects running the meetings, rather than a member of staff, stemmed from the pupils wanting ‘ownership’ over the Student Voice. So far this has been a very successful system, which has allowed many changes to be made.

Examples of key changes the school council has championed in the past are:

  • A new school uniform and PE kit, which is modern and comfortable.
  • More food options available in the school canteen.
  • A separate area for year 10 and 11 at break times so that the food queues are not too big.
  • A specific subject intervention timetable so that year 11 are able to attend a variety of sessions after school.

This is just a small sample of things that have changed for the better due to the valued opinions of the Student Voice. This system also works in line with the school motto ‘Aspire & Believe. Act & Succeed’ as it highlights the importance of believing positive things can happen if acted upon in the correct way.

“The Community of Pleckgate has a local secondary school it can be proud of.  It provides an excellent education for all its pupils. They flourish in a bright, positive and secure environment”

Ofsted 2019

Ofsted Outstanding Provider