The children at Vane Road have a huge input into how the school is run. We believe firmly that the children are the most important part of the school and everything should be done for them. In this belief we acknowledge that they are often the best placed to say how they feel the school should be run and what we should do to make their education the best it can possibly be. We endeavour to give all of our children lots of opportunities to share their thoughts and opinions and play an active role in the decisions that affect their learning and well-being as described in Article 12 of the United Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). 'Article 12 - respect the views of the child. Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them and to have their views considered and taken seriously.'
We have lots of ways that the children can do this formally such as through the Rights Respecting Team, SNAG Team, Digital Leaders, Community Group, House Captains and during House Meetings, Pupil Questionnaires and writing their own School Newspaper. However, we also want to create an ethos that allows the children to regularly share their opinions in an informal way, in class, during assemblies and also to share with Mrs Sim, Miss Wren and Mr Pavey, our doors are always open.
Below are just some of the ways children have their say in what happens at the school:
In Vane Road we have 4 house teams. Children collect house points for good manners and impeccable behaviour. The winning team decides which charity we will support next. Each term we elect new house captains, one girl and one boy. The house teams and colours are:
Children in this group are involved in all project linked to the wider community. From delivering Christmas Cards to helping local food bank - they do it all! And they decide who to support and how to organise funds needed for the support! They also occasionally publish the Vane Road Newspaper.
School Nutrition Action Group
This group of children meet with members of our school catering company (Taylor Shaw) and Miss Wren on a half termly basis. These children give their very honest views on the school meals and suggest ways in which they could be improved. We look forward to making further positive changes this year based on the views of our children.
This group of Key Stage 2 children works very hard to learn all aspects of computing curriculum in order to support their peers in class. They have their say in all things related to e-safety and very often prepare and lead assemblies and lessons for other children in school.