Sheffield school council gives pupil a ‘proper voice’

Harry Siner, Ciara Brady, Stella Avelino and Oliver Peters
Harry Siner, Ciara Brady, Stella Avelino and Oliver Peters
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New school councillors at a Sheffield academy marked their start of office with a fundraising bake sale.

St John Fisher Primary Academy, Hackenthorpe, has relaunched a student council, with two representatives from each of the seven classes.

And the children arranged a bake sale – encouraging fellow pupils and parents to bring in cakes to sell in aid of charity.

Holly Darken, foundation stage teacher and school council lead, said the initiative gave the youngster a voice.

She said: “It’s about empowering children and creating a proper voice.

“It’s about helping the children understand the role of democracy in the life of the school and their role in a community and also how little things can have a big impact on both their community and other people.

“It’s going really well so far.”

The bake sale raised about £80 for national charity Brain Tumour Research.