Sullivan Upper School is a community of pupils and staff working together to maintain high academic standards in a caring and supportive environment. One of the ways in which this learning community is strengthened is through the combined efforts of pupil representatives and members of staff working together to address relevant issues.
The aim is to encourage pupils to realise that this is their school and as such their opinions are valued. It also enables staff to gain a pupil perspective on school life and vice versa and so enhance the whole experience for everyone concerned.
The role of the pupil representatives is to bring forward pupil opinions on a variety of issues and discuss them with staff. Also the pupils act as a link with their peers during consultation exercises and provide a useful channel to inform others of forthcoming developments.
Each Form Class elects two pupil representatives. Each year group then elects two pupils from this group who represent the year group on the School Council which meets once a month.
The benefits of such activities are far reaching. Involving young people in decision making is not only about recognising their rights, but also about developing skills of co-operation which are necessary if we are to achieve a more cohesive and democratic society. If children are expected to have views and as responsible citizens to elect representatives to express those views within a democratic framework, then the school council is a part of introducing pupils to that process.
When the Year representatives are elected, their term of office is from April to April. These representatives express the thoughts of their Year group as informed by their Class Representatives in each form base. The Council will elect a Chairperson, Vice- Chairperson, Secretary and Publicity Officer. The Chairperson will liaise with Miss Aranha (Student Council Coordinator) on the agenda for each monthly meeting.
Student Council Representatives April 2022 – April 2023
Chairperson: Gloria Ifonlaja
Vice-Chairperson: Alex Atkinson
Secretary: Jamie Morris
Publicity Officer: Charlie Beimers
Year 9 representatives: Ben Savage and Erin Playfair
Year 10 representatives: Anna Moran and Conor O’Kane
Year 11 representatives: Maisy Craig and Sophie Ham
Year 12 representatives: Charlie Beimers and Daniel French
Year 13 representatives: Gloria Ifonlaja and Jamie Morris
Year 14 representatives: Alex Atkinson and Ralph Woods