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Cawthorne Church Of England (VC) Primary School

"With you every step of the way"

Cawthorne Church Of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Taylor Hill, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S75 4HB

01226 790447 Fax: 01226 792848

E. Pursley

2019 - 2020 School Council Elections

Every child in school has the opportunity to stand for School Council.  A manifesto needs to be completed.

Click on the apple to view a copy of the manifesto.

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.

           2018-2019 School Council


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 McGrath and Mrs Kukula are also part of the School Council.

The children shown below were elected to represent their year group or their team for 2018-2019. Well Done!


Year 2 Representative - Emily

Year 3 Representative - Bethany

Year 4 Representative - Ava

Year 5 Vice-Captains :

Red Team - William

Blue Team - Ellis

Yellow Team - Amelie

Green Team - Anya

Year 6 Team Captains :

Red Team - Emily

Blue Team - Harriet

Yellow Team - Jack

Green Team - Mary



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.



All children have been given a leaflet explaining how to pack their shoe box gift for Samaritan's Purse 'Operation Christmas Child'.  Please bring your shoe box to school the first week back after the holiday (Monday 6th Nov - Friday 10th Nov).

Thank you for your generosity and help.


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 McGrath, Mrs Kukula and Head Teacher, Miss Pursley.
  • 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…