Bristol Gateway School is passionate about promoting student voice and the Council is a group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils with one overarching aim:
To improve our school!
How were we formed? We were established in 2013. Every year we will hold school council elections. Each year group will have an opportunity to stand as a candidate for a position on the council. Each year group can have up to 4 elected representatives.
The council elect officers for the following positions:
What makes us a GOOD council? We represent the views of all students and get things done!
Here are some of the reasons which make our council so good:
We hold regular meetings
Our council is not too big
We hold weekly working groups
We communicate well between representatives and the rest of the school
We have subcommittees who work on specific events or issues
We have a small budget
We evaluate our progress!
Do we get anything done?
YES! We certainly do!
School menu changes: Students wanted to have more variety available to them at school lunch times, we worked with the catering department to redesign the school menu based on a survey across the school.
Aesthetics of the school: Students emailed SLT and governors about the school looking ‘tatty’ and ‘tired’ and over the summer there have been new carpets, new windows, fresh paint and a new security system installed
Launched an anti-bullying campaign: Members went on training to help reduce/eliminate bullying.
Raising money for the school: We organised a summer fete… the first ever fete at Bristol Gateway School! We raised approx. £700 for school equipment!
School House System: This is now fully in effect and it is encouraging friendly rivalry between the houses and encouraging the students to work together across the year groups.
Campaigning for a new school uniform and Logo…this is now fully integrated into the school and we have a brand new uniform and logo which we can take pride in.
So as you can see, we do have a voice and our opinions matter. It feels great to be part of something which really works to make change happen!