Big School Democracy

A focus on Lymm High School’s council system In 2002 Lymm High School devised a unique school council system for its 2000 students so that every voice would be heard. Nicole Harris, the Global Citizenship Co-ordinator, explains that the students are split into 73 forms, each of which belongs to one of five Halls, which have their own Hall Council or management team. Four years on, this system has evolved successfully. It is run by Nicole. Each management team consists of representatives from classes across the three secondary key stages so that experience is shared vertically through the Hall. Halls are self-governing and reflect the wants and needs of their particular students. Elected representatives from each form meet weekly to develop the Hall ethos, to decide on issues and on fundraising for charities. Minutes with action points are taken and representatives report back to class. The whole-school council then meets every 2 ½ weeks to co-ordinate campaigns and share information.

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