The School Council was launched in Bangor Grammar School in 2011. It has become a vital channel of communication, ensuring the pupil body has a voice within the school. Elections are held annually in which members of each year group elect representatives who will best serve the needs of their form class. Two of these ‘class reps’ are then elected onto the council, with senior pupils freely joining when spaces become available.
The council works in partnership alongside the Principal and her Senior Leadership Team to discuss issues arising throughout the academic year, objectively critique policy and make suggestions of how to improve aspects of school life. Meetings are held every two weeks with an agenda generated by the members of the council in consultation with their year groups. The views of the council have been sought to help in the decision making process in several areas of school life, some of which are detailed below:
- Council members in last year’s Year 13 and 14 met with the Principal to discuss the pros and cons of senior pupils being able to have their lunch off site. After consultation with the council and Senior Leadership team, this policy was enacted in November 2017.
- The council has been tasked to make suggestions of how to enhance outside play areas around the school.
- Council members have begun the process of consultation to award school service ties to council members.
This fostering of a more transparent communication between pupils and staff enables the school to more honestly assess how it can meet the needs of the boys. If you wish to find out more about the work and successes of the council, please consider joining our twitter page which is @BGSCouncil.
M Dickson (Teacher-in-charge)
2018/19 Student Council