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Bowes Parliament

At Bowes, we hold elections for Class Councillors and MPs to form the Bowes Parliament. Having a School Council is important to:

  • give children a ‘voice’ to share their opinions and ideas
  • learn how to take part in a democratic process
  • develop confidence and responsibility
  • prepare for active roles as citizens
  • make real changes to improve the academic and social aims of the school.

Over the last few weeks, classes in Years 1 - 5 have been holding elections and all children voted for their Class Councillors. Each class has two Councillors and the first Council sessions in classes will take place next week. Children in Year 6 wrote applications for the role of MP and have made election speeches to the year group and to the Senior Leadership Team. 40 children made speeches and explained what changes they would make if elected. Some of the MPs will also have responsibility as Rights Respecting Ambassadors. The standard of speeches this year was extremely high and the close voting reflected this. We now have 17 MPs/ Rights Respecting Ambassadors.  

We would like to say congratulations to all the children who took part and well done for their amazing and very interesting speeches.