Whiteley Primary School

Pupil Voice

Pupil Voice and Responsibilities at Whiteley Primary School: At Whiteley, we place immense value on pupil voice and actively involve our students in various capacities and responsibilities. We firmly believe that engaging children in different ways and giving them diverse responsibilities is key to creating an environment where every child feels heard, valued, and empowered. By providing opportunities for students to contribute their ideas, perspectives, and feedback, we ensure that our school truly reflects the needs and desires of our diverse student body. Through roles such as Young Governors, House Captains, Mental Health and Well-being Team members, and more, our students play an integral role in shaping the culture and ethos of our school. We believe that by fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility among our students, we create a place to smile.

Young Governors: Our Young Governors are representatives from Year 2 to Year 6, elected by their peers. They meet regularly to address issues brought forth by their classmates, taking their own minutes and presenting solutions either within their classes or at school assemblies. Through their proactive involvement, they contribute to a positive school environment where student voices are heard and valued.

House Captains and Vice House Captains: Chosen by their respective houses from Reception to Year 6, our House Captains and Vice House Captains play a crucial role in fostering house spirit and unity. They organise assemblies where they share original songs, set challenges, and competitions, encouraging friendly competition and camaraderie among students across all ages.

Mental Health and Well-being Ambassadors: Committed to promoting mental health awareness, our Mental Health and Well-being Ambassadors actively advocate for the importance of mental well-being among students. They manage an Ideas Box in the library, providing a platform for suggestions and initiatives aimed at fostering a supportive and inclusive school community.

Green Team (Eco Team): Our Green Team takes charge of environmental issues within the school, working tirelessly to promote eco-friendly practices and sustainability. Through various initiatives and campaigns, they inspire their peers to adopt green habits and contribute to a greener, healthier planet, for example presenting an assembly on where paper comes from.

Junior Road Safety Officers: Selected through a rigorous application process, our Junior Road Safety Officers are passionate advocates for road safety education. They lead assemblies, promote campaigns such as Walk to School Week, and impart valuable knowledge to their peers, ensuring a safe environment for all members of our school community.

Librarians: Our Librarians, selected through a written application process, play a pivotal role in maintaining our school library as a welcoming and enriching space. With their dedication and enthusiasm, they assist fellow students in finding resources, keeping the library tidy, and fostering a love for reading and learning.

Equality and Rights Advocates (EARA): EARA consists of students from across the county who are dedicated to promoting equality and child rights in their schools. In alignment with the nine protected characteristics of the Equality Act and the principles of the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child), EARA members actively engage with students, teachers, governors, and parents within their school communities.

Rights Respecting Education Ambassadors (RRE):  Selected by their teachers, RRE Ambassadors play a vital role in ensuring that the rights of the child are upheld within our school community by developing a deep understanding of the principles outlined in the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child), Rights Ambassadors actively engage in discussions and initiatives aimed at promoting and protecting these rights.

Vocal Ambassadors:  Introducing our Vocal Ambassadors, a select group chosen by our Music Lead for their keen interest in music and singing. They receive training from Hampshire Music Service on voice warm-up techniques and group singing. These ambassadors play a key role in planning songs and warm-up activities for our KS2 singing assemblies. Additionally, they had the chance to participate in a concert at the Anvil in Basingstoke this year.