Our School Forum
The Forum Representatives
2B Ben Jose and Sky Bradford
2P Alex McArdle and Isabella Goring
3EC Emily Haythwaite and Harvey Peters
3G Joshua Day and Rosina Wilmshurst
4B Frederyk Lonsdale and Olivia Loft
4J Chloe Fulbrook and Kobe Mukudu-Nyakunu
5B Isabelle Hill and Charlie Smith
5T Malayla Flower and Connor Mumford
6S Rebecca Faye and Louie Bullock
6T Kelsey Tombs and Emily Lane
Why do we need a school forum?
For many years, all the decisions about children were made by adults.
This was thought to be best because adults are older and have experience, training and qualifications.
But adults didn't always make the right decisions, sometimes because they hadn't talked with the children about the issue.
All the countries of the world got together and agreed that children must be given rights. Plus, sometimes their ides are actually better than adults.
The purpose of our school forum is to enable children to participate in the decision making progress of the school and gain first hand experience of the workings of a democratic organisation.
Every September new forum representatives are elected by their classmates. The Downs will have a total of 20 representatives.
The school forum meets six times per academic year with Mr Turner the Family Liaison Officer to discuss issues that have been raised in school that affect the children or the wider community.
Think of all decisions that are made about your school........
- when does school start and finish
- how can we make lessons more interesting
- what school trips should we organise
- what equipment should we buy for our playground
- how can we help pupils make friends
But how can teachers listen to all ideas? That would take too long and nothing would get done. Pupils need a way of discussing issues and making decisions which will help everyone in school. Schools work better when pupils and teachers are working together and listening to each other.
Minutes of meetings:-
Year 4 Representatives serving refreshments to our volunteers
Ataxia Haemophilia Charity Day
Marke Wood Park