The 5Ws of Forest Oak School Council
At Forest Oak we have an upper and lower school council. Each of these councils is made up of 8 students. They are led by Chair Person, who monitors each meeting and prompts discussion whenever needed. The Council is organised by secretary who will record all of the councils meetings and discussions.
We discuss a broad range of issues from fundraising and Pupil Voice to how to be a healthy school. Last year the pupils are Forest Oak decided that they wanted to dedicate their time to raising funds for the Harry Moseley Charity. We were very proud to help this charity. We raised as much money as we could through the selling of his bracelets. Through the School Council last year we were able to further involve Forest Oak in the Solihull Special Needs School community, contributing stories, pictures and jokes from our pupils into a monthly newsletter.
Our school council meets every two weeks. The council always focuses on the School Improvement Plan. For each meeting an agenda will be created for the Council to discuss. This is made up of items put forward by the pupils, staff and senior leadership team.
We meet up in different classrooms every other week. This allows the pupils to see different parts of the school which they are working to improve. It also allows students from the lower year groups to feel comfortable in their own classrooms.
At Forest Oak, we feel it is really important to give all our pupils a voice. The School Council aims to encourage young leadership, decision making and therefore the pupils’ contribution to school life. The School Council is an essential part of life at Forest Oak.