The concept of democracy is developed through our use of a Polling Day every September when pupils throughout the school vote for their House Captains and House Vice Captains. Pupils who wish to stand for these elected positions have to give a speech in front of their Houses to persuade children to vote for them in a secret ballot. Further to this, at the beginning of the school year, pupils in each class have to vote for their Council Reps to sit on the School Council. Once again, prospective candidates have to give a speech in front of their classes to persuade them to vote for them. The outcomes are once again decided by a secret ballot.
We know that the formation of the school council and the active participation of our pupils will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future. Pupil questionnaires and interviews are also conducted throughout the year.
Class rules are re-established every year taking into account the opinions of all pupils.