Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Seaside Primary School. Democracy is embedded within the school and is central to how we operate.
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, meeting with the Headteacher and through being either a Head Boy, Head Girl or a prefect. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards and sanctions; this is shared through all aspects of school life and also with parents, carers and children from Reception to Year 6.
The election of the School Council members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action. Made up of two representatives from each class, the School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the different classes. The council is able to genuinely effect change within the school; in the past, the School Council petitioned for and had agreed the building of the playground exercise equipment – the key stage 2 ‘Trim Trail’.
Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a heightened sense of both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils.