St Martin & St Mary Church ofEngland Primary School


Welcome toSt Martin & St Mary Church ofEngland Primary School

School Council

Welcome to our School Council page


Our School Council is fair, democratic and friendly. We work together to promote the school’s values of love, friendship, forgiveness, trust, honesty and faith and to make sure everyone in school feels part of our community.


Our aim is to make our school a place where each child has a voice, and their opinions and suggestions are heard.

Our School Councillors

Why do we have a School Council?


The School’s council is an ideal opportunity for children to get more involved in the way the school is run. It benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers, because it provides opportunities for children to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made.


Each class, from Reception to year 5 has two school council representatives. In year 6 there are 3 school councillors in each class. School councillors are elected by their classmates at the beginning of September and then at the first meeting the roles of chair, vice chair, Secretary and publicity are elected from year 6.


Councillors develop skills such as communication, confidence and negotiation.


What does the School Council do?

The School Council meets once a fortnight on a Friday. Our meetings are quite formal with an agenda and minutes which are displayed on our own notice boards in school. School councillors share the views of their class and feedback important information. We work to make improvements to the school; we look around for things that could be better and discuss what to do. Everyone gets a chance to speak and we vote on the best ideas and then start working on changing things. We also think of ways to contribute to our local environment and how we can fundraise.


Who helps us to run the School Council?

 Mr Brown and Mrs Russell are the teachers who help us to run the council.

A request for help from our School Council

News and Updates - March 2024


In September, our new School Council suggested that our playgrounds needed lots of new equipment and they voted for the number one item that was needed. This piece of equipment is called a ‘roll n rope’ and is part of the adventure trail in the Key Stage 2 playground. The original piece was damaged when a tree fell on it. Having got three quotes, the council decided on the one from Playdale at a cost of £2,845. This was obviously very expensive but, the children were determined and they have been working hard since September to raise the money.


The councillors wrote to various charities and businesses and Lakeland Ltd were the first to contribute with a donation of £1,000. In November, Windermere & Ambleside Round Table gave us £584 and we also received £250 from Windermere Taverners. In January, The Cumberland Building Society donated £250 bringing the total to £2,084. Fortunately, having approached the Lakes Lions, they gave us a cheque for £1,500 which was presented in a whole school collective worship in March.


Harris, one of our Year 6 School Councillors, receiving the cheque from the Ambleside and Windermere Lions in Worship Time.


It was decided at a council meeting in January not to participate in Comic Relief this year but, instead, to a hold a non-uniform day and a cake sale on March 8th with proceeds going to our playground fund. This raised an amazing £597. We have also been given £370 by the Year 6 classes, from their Tenner project. This means that we had reached our target for the ‘roll n rope’ but, other equipment is still badly needed including shelving in the Key Stage 1 outdoor store, fencing, basket balls, chalk boards, bats and balls and skipping ropes. The wooden boat in the Key Stage 1 playground is badly in need of repair and we are looking for parents with carpentry skills who could perhaps help us with that project.


In the Summer term we are going to do a fund raiser for two local charities, suggested by the school council – Langdale/Ambleside Mountain Rescue and North West Air Ambulance.



Thank you to our amazing School Councillors for their great ideas and support and to all parents for their generous donations of cakes.