Pupil Voice

Elmhurst School for Boys

Our pupils are the most important members of our school community.

Elmhurst’s School Council includes pupils from Years 1 to 6 who have been elected by their class mates and teachers to represent the views of their class. Elmhurst’s Head Boy is also a member of the council.

Boys who wish to be considered for the role of class representative, deliver a short speech to their class at the beginning of the year, about why they think they would make a good councillor.

The School Council meet every Monday to discuss action points and to raise ideas for new school initiatives. Examples include a ‘Litterbugs’ scheme, where two boys per class are chosen weekly to keep their classroom tidy, with spot checks carried out by School Council representatives and a prize awarded in assembly for the tidiest classroom.

Further to the ongoing conversations we have with the pupils about their experience at school, we have developed an online survey to enable us to capture genuine pupil views. Pupils in Years 2 to 6 recently completed the survey. This initiative will be repeated on a regular basis and the findings will be incorporated into our school development planning to ensure we continue to be effective in meeting the needs of those most important to us.

Pleasingly, the survey results highlight the boys’ enjoyment at school as a result of the strong relationships they have with school staff and their peers, the high standard of teaching and the progress made in the classroom. The boys feel well supported by their teachers and are encouraged to work hard and try their best.

We received particularly strong results in the following areas:

Pupils were also given an opportunity to offer suggestions for how the school could be improved. The most common suggestions were as follows:

  • School lunches
  • Playground equipment

The results have been shared informally with the pupils and we have already begun to discuss some changes based on their feedback and ideas.

Watch a short video of the Upper School and Lower School's School Councils, discussing ideas for changes to playground equipment:

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