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Students

Our students can take part in groups with additional responsibilities.

Student Council

Baskerville School prides itself on the importance of listening to its students' views. We have a School Council on which two students from each key stage and two from residential are representatives.

Each year candidates are elected by their class peers. They are responsible for sharing ideas and informing their class of outcomes and new initiatives in school.

Our School Council have played an active role in achieving a new cycle track with bikes and the organisation of lunch time clubs. They have had significant input in redesigning and choosing new equipment to improve our playgrounds. They have advised visiting teachers on aspects of the school curriculum. They are also part of the interview process for new members of staff! We are very pleased to have been awarded 'Highly Commended' in the 11-16 category in the 2104 Speaker of the House of Commons' School Council Award for the achievement of our Student Council.

The Student Council meets frequently, led by Sharon Woolley, our Inclusion Manager and Rachel Parish, our Pastoral Manager, discussing ideas on how to bring about improvements to the school and to raise money for the school. The Student Council liaise with the school's Senior Leadership Team and the school Governors, relaying the students' views on issues around school.


Marking our ballot paper in polling booths.
 
Casting our votes for the Student Council.

Eco Committee

Our Eco Committee comprises of students, members of staff and school governors who are passionate about moving the school towards being 'green', and everyone is very much involved in promoting good practices that improve the school's biodiversity and sustainability.

The committee meets once every half term to discuss on-going projects such as recycling at school, encouraging healthy lifestyles, raising money for environmental friendly charities. Students also conduct surveys and explore new ideas on short, medium and long term plans for the school.

In March 2012, following the hard work of our Eco Committee, Baskerville School gained the Eco Schools Silver Award which recognises in particular the role of student leadership and whole-school involvement in Eco-school activities.

In July 2014, Baskerville School has been awarded the Birmingham Sustainability Award which means that the school is recognised for the hard work its Eco Committee has done to achieve a high level of sustainability in various areas such as biodiversity, energy use and recycling.

Achievements from 2014/15

We had a great committee of 21 students and 10 staff who met regularly to help improve our environment. Successes include:


Eco Spy Authority Card.
  • Setting up a lunchtime eco club which meets every Thursday;
  • Helping to plan a whole school clay oven day, where students and staff learnt how to cook bread in an environmentally friendly way;
  • Eco spies were given authority cards to improve recycling in school;
  • Suggesting that the new build was environmentally friendly, and it is! For example, it has solar panels;
  • Meeting with Mrs Bailey, the Jamaican head teacher and sharing our ideas with her.

Plans for 2015/16

Give a hedgehog a new home, save energy and put up our energy certificate, recycle more and make sure it is done properly, improve our grounds, do an assembly, fundraise for things like swallow boxes, visit other centres or schools and ask the Governors to agree to a green procurement policy.


The Eco Committee working with an Eco Consultant.
 
The Eco Committee received the Birmingham Sustainability Award at the Council House in 2014.

Meet the Eco Committee - 2015/16.