The Russell School

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School Council

The Russell School has a school council of elected representatives so that the views of the children can be incorporated into the ongoing development of the school. This ensures that they have a real 'voice' and they are able to express their views about how we shape the school for the future.

School Councillors:

listen to the views of pupils in the school;

represent the school at meetings and functions within the school;

work to make positive changes to life at The Russell


Elections are held once a year, in September, by secret ballot and each class member has to vote for one boy and one girl to be their class representatives. Children wishing to stand for election prepare a short speech which they present to their class.  Each representative is presented with a badge, which they get to keep at the end of the year.  School council reps hold the position for a year.  


Each term classes have circle time where they discuss the nominated topics. Yr 6 pupils act as vote takers for each class.  Following circle time the School Council meets to discuss issues raised by each class and to decide on matters to be raised/put forward.  Ms Poet, acts as facilitator whilst year 6 pupils take on the role of chair and minute taker.  

The current school council members are:

Year 1: Sylvie, Max

Year 2: Lola, Joe

Year 3: Anjali, Max

Year 4: Sophie, Alex

Year 5: Lois, Toby

Year 6W: Jasmine, Joshua

Year 6E: Olivia, Toby

Children from Christchurch School approached councillor Alex Michaels, chairman of the Youth Council and Young Persons’ Champion, to discuss the proposed Wonder Wood for Chorleywood. They wanted to try to find a way to discuss and share their views on the proposal. The children debated and discussed ideas and finally voted unanimously to produce a short video featuring the views of pupils from Christchurch, Chorleywood, The Russell and Arnett Hills to showcase their thoughts on the project.