The student council

School Council – fun, exciting, meaningful

The school Council System consists of 4 areas:

Whole school council – Led by Head Boy and Head Girl. The council is made up of a student member from Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 council and is supported by Mrs A Mawby (Assistant head).

Year council – Each form selects a form representative who sits on the year council. Supported by a member of staff.

Ethos Group – Application through RE lessons. Supported by Mrs K Coleclough / Mrs S Rostron.

Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award – Year 7 and 8 students are part of this and are supported by Mrs K Coleclough /Mrs S Rostron.

Are you interested in having a say in school life? Are you passionate about the distinctive nature and special quality of our school? Is the wider life of the school appealing to you? Do you want to make a positive contribution to wider school life and the local community? If so than Youth Leadership is for you!

Consider joining the school council and have your say, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in and they will all give you valuable skills for later in life.

Whole School Council- The School Council is a group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve our school. An effective School Council will contribute to the social, political and citizenship education of our students. It will gather student opinion on matters that concern them and the school (student voice) as well as acting as a main body of communication between the students and the leadership team of the school.

Year Council – Develop awareness of national events through advertising and fundraising. Support the year council charity; deliver assemblies on national events and the charity.

Ethos Group – Participate in the spiritual side of school life, contribute to the services and special events around the Christian calendar. Have an active role in the Acts of Random Kindness program (ARK).

Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award (AoY) – Initially part of the KS3 Religious Studies program this exciting opportunity will see young people involved actively in the school and local community. Examples include the Christmas party for the elderly, visiting St Rocco’s hospice and lots of charity work. We will need older pupils to mentor the new year 7s as they attempt their projects in the summer term.

Council Charities, Dates and Times

Year Council Charities:

Year 7 – St Roccos

Year 8 – Food Bank

Year 9 – Guide Dogs

Year 10/11 Alderhay


Year 7 – Mrs S Ewane

Year 8 – Mr J Lewis

Year 9 – Mr M Morley

Year 10/11 –Miss F Jones

Year council meeting dates (form time )

W/C 19th September – What is a council? Discussion on Year charity, make contact invite in for assembly and election of Whole School Council member. Ways to market charity and events,  how to feedback to forms.

School Council 2015-16

This term has seen the launch of the new school council which is being led by Head boy Josh Hartsorn and Head Girl Sophia Smith. Each year group have now elected form captains which will then form their Year Council. Year councils will meet once a fortnight and discuss issues which are prominent to their year group. They will adopt a charity for the year in which they will help to raise funds for.

During parliament week the Year Councils will elect students onto the Whole School Council. This council will meet every 3 weeks to discuss whole school student issues and ideas and work with the senior management team in making positive change.

School Council 2015/16

Sophia Smith (HG) Josh Hartsorn (HB)

Charlotte Davies (DHG)  Scott Johnson (DHB)

Year 7 – Yasmin Ashcroft, Hannah Bishop, Declan Hughes

Year 8 – Rowan Cooke, Sophie Stevens, Daniel Jones

Year 9 – James Hyde, Damien Dooley,

Year 10 – Erica Griffiths, Karlton Bates, Tom Berry,

Year 11 – Abigail Titchard, Abigail Jarvis, Renee Rowland, Grace Laidler Ball.

New School Council Meeting Dates

The school council will meet during registration at 8.45am in mobile 2. KC will register the students.

Monday 7th March

Tuesday 21st March

Wednesday 20th April

Thursday 5th May

Friday 20th May

Monday 6th June

Tuesday 21st June

Wednesday 13th July


We have had several meetings of the school council and covered several issues that the student body is interested in/concerned about.

The main points covered are as follows:

– Students would like a more extensive extra-curricular program and some excellent ideas for clubs have been suggested by the year 9 team.

– Year 10 students are keen to explore the idea of a debate team

– Year 7 students are working on charity ideas and have some fantastic plans in place for sports relief

– Year 11 have expressed a concern about lunch times commitments and requested that the school council meeting take place in form time as they would like to attend revision drop in sessions

– Year 8s are also looking at money raising ideas with Daniel Jones looking into can recyling

-We have had ideas put forward for an ‘honour board’ or ‘wall of fame’ where different successes of pupils can be recognised and regularly updated

– We would like a regular slot in the Boteler Bulletin so they can inform the student body of all the issues they are considering and the events they are planning –

– We had a young citizen award in December with Cody Welsh receiving it for her role in the Syrian Refugee Appeal

Damien Dooley has applied to join the youth police commission

We are looking into organising a visit to London and Parliament for the school council leaders as this will help them gain an insight into how democracy works and what they are part of – this will hopefully be in the summer term. We are pursuing the date with the local MP who is keen to organise a personal tour for us.

Thank you for being part of Student Leadership.

Mrs K Coleclough, S Smith and J Hartsorn

Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School by STB