Pupils

At Colmers Farm Primary School we promote good citizenship in a variety of ways. The children have opportunities to hold various positions of responsibility in school aiming to promote responsibility and improve life in and around school.

Children will be given opportunities to take part in a range of pupil led groups with additional responsibility. Such groups include School Council, Head Pupils, Prefects and Playground Pals.

School Council

At School Council meetings, we decide on the most effective ways to change and improve the school and then talk to the people who can help to make it happen. The school councillors’ record ideas, from their peers, in School Council files, ready to bring to the next School Council meeting for discussion.

School Councillors regularly share news and information about new initiatives and the important things which are achieved with their classes. We hold school council meetings regularly. Together they can help Colmers Farm School to continue to grow and succeed.

What are their roles?

  • To allow pupils at Colmers Farm Primary School to have a voice;
  • To identify ways that we can improve our school and community;
  • To be part of the decision-making process in school;
  • To help to improve learning in the school;
  • To take part in interviews for new teachers and learning walks;
  • To be a role model for others in their classroom and around school.

What qualities/skills are required?

School Councillors should:

  • Be committed to the role;
  • Demonstrate excellent manners;
  • Be patient and calm;
  • Respect and value the opinions of others (even when they disagree with it);
  • Be able to express their ideas clearly;
  • Be approachable;
  • Always try your best with their learning;
  • Always wear the correct school uniform and be well presented;
  • Always makes excellent choices in the classroom and around school.

How are they chosen?

At the start of each year in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, pupils in each class put themselves forward to be elected to the role of School Councillor. This will usually involve them giving a small speech as to why they think they would be great in the role. The class then vote for which pupil they think would represent them best. The two pupils with the most votes then become their classes’ School Councillor and Vice School Councillor.

At the start of each year, our School Council visits the Houses of Parliament to learn about how democracy works.

Head Boy and Girl

This position within school is a real privilege, as only one pupil gets to be the Head Boy and one pupil gets to be the Head Girl.

What are their roles?

  • To organise rotas for the prefects with Mrs Taylor;
  • To show visitors around the school;
  • To make contributions to the newsletter or school blog;
  • To give speeches promoting the school where necessary;
  • To meet regularly with the school headteacher and deputy headteacher;
  • To be an excellent role model for others in their classroom and around school.

What qualities/skills are required?

A head boy or girl:

  • Must be involved in school life as either a School Councillor or Prefect;
  • Always demonstrates excellent manners;
  • Always tries their best with their learning;
  • Is confident when speaking to groups;
  • Is approachable;
  • Is good at solving problems (training will be given);
  • Should have good leadership qualities;
  • Always wears the correct school uniform and is well presented;
  • Always makes excellent choices in the classroom and around school.

How are they chosen?

Only pupils who are a Year 6 School Councillor or a Prefect may apply for this position. The pupils will take part in an election campaign before we have a school wide vote. The boy and the girl with the highest number of votes will be elected. The boy and girl with the second highest number of votes will become the Vice Head Boy or Girl.

Prefects

Our prefects help our staff at playtimes and dinnertimes. This includes:

  • Modelling play to our KS1 pupils;
  • Helping in the school dining room;
  • Patrolling corridors during wet playtimes and dinnertimes and modelling play in classrooms;
  • Controlling the numbers of pupils using the toilet areas;
  • Helping to sort any disagreements which may occur;
  • Being positive role models.

Our prefects meet regularly and are given training to help perform their roles. Our prefects always try to make the best choices both in the classroom and outside.

What are their roles?

  • Help staff to manage dinnertimes (including wet dinnertimes) in KS1 and KS2;
  • Help solve any issues at play and dinnertimes and inform adults where necessary (Training will be provided);
  • To show visitors around school;
  • To be a role model for others in their classroom and around school.

What qualities/skills are required?

A prefect:

  • Must be committed to the role;
  • Demonstrates excellent manners;
  • Is willing to work with younger children;
  • Is patient and calm;
  • Is approachable;
  • Is good at solving problems (training will be given);
  • Always tries their best with their learning;
  • Always wears the correct school uniform and is well presented;
  • Always makes excellent choices in the classroom and around school.

How are they chosen?

Each year, our Year 6 pupils are asked to apply for the role of being a prefect. These are then submitted to our Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher for consideration. Our Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher then choose a group of children for this role based on the content of their applications.

Playground Pals


Some of our Playground Pals in action.

At Colmers Farm Primary School we have been running our Playground Pals scheme with Year 5 and 6 pupils. The Playground PALS (Playground Activity Leaders) play a very important role in creating a safe, friendly, happy and peaceful atmosphere for other children during lunchtimes.

The Playground Pals receive training from Mrs Taylor, where they learn how to be a PAL, how to carry out their roles and responsibilities, how to encourage playground games and how to use peer mediation skills.

As Playground Pals, they support younger children in their play, initiating games and promoting friendships. They act as helpers to our playground supervisors and when possible support the children to find resolutions when the situation arises.

Playground pals wear an orange tabard and a friendly smile!

Our amazing Playground Pals work very hard to make our playgrounds safe, fun and happy places to be.

What are their roles?

  • To help all children to learn and how to play cooperatively with each other;
  • To help children resolve minor problems;
  • To teach children new games;
  • To help lonely children make new friends;
  • To be available as a friend to all children.

What qualities/skills are required?

A Playground Pal:

  • Must be friendly towards other children;
  • Must be willing to help others;
  • Should be able to help solve small problems between children.

How are they chosen?

These children are chosen by Mrs Hughes.