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At Heronswood Primary School we provide many opportunities for our children to have a say in how their school is run because we believe their voice is fundamental in shaping Heronswood for the future. 


As a senior leadership team we want to ensure that our children are able to share their ideas and opinions, we want them to be confident, self-assured individuals and we want them to develop skills which they will take with them into adulthood.  Have a look below to see some of the different types of Pupil Power roles across Heronswood.



Head Boy and Girl



At the start of each academic year, two children from Year 6 take the positions of head boy and head girl and a further two take the deputy posts.   The children have to apply for these positions, provide two references, go through a short listing process and then be selected to come for an interview with the SLT; before the successful candidates can be announced to the school. 


As part of their role the head boy and head girl along with the deputies will:

  • Liaise with staff and House Captains in the organisation of school events   
  • Write updates about the school for the school newsletter and website 
  • Organise Upper School responsibilities e.g. litter patrol and play leaders                                     
  • Attend School Council and Parent Voice meetings 
  • Lead learning walks and environmental walks with groups of children
  • Run achievement assemblies
  • Report findings to Senior Leadership Team


Ambassadors of Learning

We currently have twelve learning ambassadors in Year 5 and 6 who can confidently showcase what learning looks like at Heronswood.  The children are passionate about Heronswood and want to share their love of learning. 

For this year our Learning Ambassadors are:  Grace McGettrick, Harry Jefferson, Talia Smith and Holly Christopher


The learning ambassadors:

  • Conduct show rounds
  • Speak to visitors to our school
  • Carry out lunchtime office duties
  • Work with younger children to support learning across the school
  • Carry out learning walks and environmental walks with groups of children
  • Write articles for school newsletters and website/ newspapers.



The children in these roles take their responsibilities seriously and are excellent role models for the other children.   Within these responsibilities, children have opportunities to take on roles such as photographer, reporter, competition leader, coach and equipment leader.


House Captains

We have eight house captains at Heronswood who lead our four house teams - Stour, Severn, Teme and Avon.  All the children from Reception to Year 6 are split into these four teams.  The house captains support the teachers as they help to:


  • Organise Inter-House competitions, during the year, across the year groups
  • Organise and over-see lunch-time clubs for children from Reception to Year 6
  • Organise Playtime Buddies
  • Feedback to School Council and Parent Voice meetings. 






School Council

At Heronswood we have a strong school council team which is made up of one child from each class. 

The children who are elected to represent the views of all pupils; in order to improve their school. 


School Council Members – 2017/18



The school council meets on a regular basis to discuss and sort out any issues which might include school lunches, playtimes or ideas for fundraising events.  Members of the school council will be responsible for carrying out the ideas that have been agreed, such as planning discos, writing newspaper articles, organising a calendar or meeting with catering staff.


A good school council is one that represents the views of all children effectively and gets things done.  These are some things that make a council effective:

  • Regular meetings
  • A council that is not too big
  • Class councils that meet regularly
  • Good communication between representatives and their class
  • Training for school council members
  • Smaller groups (subcommittees) working on specific events or issues




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