Pupil Voice at Hollingwood Primary
Pupil Voice refers to the means by which we seek and respond to the views and ideas of the children. We seek pupil views by a variety of means.
Children are elected to the school council and offer their views on relation to the day to day experiences of their peers. Pupil views are shared via class and whole school assemblies and have impacted this year on resourcing the play sheds, taking care of younger children, invitations to local councillors to share information across key stage 2 about democracy and being involved in the school's Remembrance Day service.
Each child also belongs to a house - Barrow, Stephenson, Markham or Cavendish. A head boy and head girl organise the work of their team of Ambassadors whose role is to support with the school development plan objectives and raise the profile of the school within the community. They are involved in community ventures such as fundraising, litter picking, gardening, visiting local services and liaising with community groups. Their objective is to promote the school's values both in and out of school.
The pupil voice leadership team contributes to the school development plan in relation to matters such as curriculum development, classroom organisation and extra-curricular activity. Their views have been sampled through pupil interviews and questionnaires. As a result of their views we have been more explicit in our teaching of stranger danger, e-safety matters and the curriculum themes come directly from the interests of the children. We have refreshed our offer of after school clubs and competitive opportunities based on the wishes and feelings of the children. They suggested the introduction of basketball, cheerleading and martial arts and as a result these clubs are now offered. The pupil voice leadership team have asked questions about the parity between classes in relation to how house tokens are earned and whether a more explicit and consistent approach can be taken. This has been discussed by staff and has encouraged debate and reflection amongst the staff.