At Wood Bank we believe that all children are entitled to a voice, and we work hard to ensure that children’s views and beliefs are shared so that we can be as inclusive as possible. The School Council meet once every half term. There are representatives from across school who attend meetings. Where children need additional help in communicating their ideas, we use ICT and symbols so that they have an equal opportunity to express their opinion. At the School Council we make decisions about equipment, games and put forward new ideas that we want to learn about in school. We also help our Community by raising money for local charities.
Wood Bank School are also part of an Inter-School Council with seven other primary schools, and our local High School from within the Upper Calder Valley. Two of our pupils meet once every half term at Calder High to share ideas. Last year we focused on being part of an inclusive community. We taught other schools our signs, so that we could sing and sign together. We ended the year performing a concert at Calder High school where all the schools sang Emile Sande ‘Wonder’ at our Summer Extravaganza. Through the Inter-School Council we have also worked closely with other local primary schools to promote our message of Inclusion, including working with Calder High School as part of their lessons for life programme.