Cawthorne Church Of England (VC) Primary School

2021-2022 School Council

 School Council Elections

Normally every child, from Year 1, has the opportunity to stand for School Council.  Due to Covid restrictions and keeping to our 'Bubbles' only Year 5 and Year 6 will be involved - for the future we are thinking of ways to involve the whole school so that each class has a School Council representative.  Any Year 5 or Year 6 who wishes to stand for election will need to complete a manifesto which will then be recorded for the whole school to watch.  

The School Council at Cawthorne Primary School is elected democratically and fairly.  Every year, in the last half term, we have an election day where lots of our pupils stand for elections as either School Team Councillors or Class Coucillors.  This is done through holding assemblies to talk through their manifestos and then the whole school votes on which person will be best to represent their team.


Cawthorne's School Council makes the school a fun place to be!  We are very active and busy in our school and help to make decisions about lots of important things.  We make sure that the children's voices are heard in the school and that everyone is part of our decision-making process.

At Cawthorne Primary School we elect members of our council by holding an election in the Summer Term each year. Each candidate has to prepare a presentation which has to be read out to the whole school to enable them to make an informed decision as to who will represent them. Mrs Lack and Mrs Kukula are also part of the School Council.

The children were elected to represent their year group or their team . Well Done!


Year 2 Representative 

Year 3 Representative 

Year 4 Representative 

Year 5 Vice-Captains 

Red Team 

Blue Team 

Yellow Team 

Green Team 

Year 6 Team Captains 

Red Team 

Blue Team 

Yellow Team 

Green Team 



We work hard to raise money for school projects as well as for other charities.  Our most recent project was raising money through a Christmas Jumper Day. All the donations collected went to Barnsley Hospice.

 We have also collected for the British Legion - this linked with our production about Remembrance. We studied the First and Second World Wars, the Blitz and Evacuees.

Each year we choose three charities to support - a local one, a national charity and a global charity.  This year our global charity was Samaritan's Purse which linked with our school story, 'The Good Samaritan'.


We all enjoy being councillors at Cawthorne.


Cawthorne Primary School Council Constitution


  • To give pupils the opportunity to be involved in improving school life for everyone.
  • For pupils to work as partners with staff, developing a caring school community.
  • To provide all pupils with opportunities to develop skills that will be important throughout their lives.
  • To involve pupils in solving problems and resolving conflicts.
  • To be positive role models within school.

 The School Council

  • The School Council will be made up of 11 children.

From Year 5 and 6 there will be 8 children to represent each team colour.  Year 2, 3 and 4 will also have one Year Group Representative on the School Council.

  • Each class will vote for a team representative.  In addition Years 2, 3 and 4 will vote for one Year Group Representative.
  • The School Council will attend regular meetings.
  • The School Council members will serve for the school year.  Elections to take place in July for the  following year.
  • The School Council will consist of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary.
  • The  Secretary will take minutes of the School Council meetings.  The members of the School Council will record  the minutes in the School Council Portfolio for all classes to see.  There will also be regular updates on  the school noticeboard and website .  This will ensure that everyone knows about the activities of the School Council.      

 Responsibilities of the School Council

  • The  School Council members are responsible for managing the activities of the Council; for instance, planning meetings, talking with the link teachers: Mrs Lack, Mrs Kukula and Head Teacher, Mr Bramall.
  • The Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson are responsible for running meetings, giving everyone an equal chance to have their say, and making sure the Council comes up with practical solutions to problems.
  • Any elected member of the School Council must have exemplary behaviour – any member committing a serious infringement of the School Behaviour Policy  will forfeit their place on the council.
  • During Election Week candidates must hand in a written manifesto and also deliver this to the whole school.  There must be no canvassing for votes during this week - such as giving out biscuits or sweets etc…