Our children enjoy actively participating in their learning, which is exciting, challenging and rewarding. They are encouraged to ask questions, pose hypotheses, explain their thinking and respond thoughtfully to the contributions made by their peers. Through reflecting on their own learning, and with the guidance of their teachers, our children recognise what they need to focus on in order to make further progress.
Each class elects two representatives to serve as school councillors for the year. Elections for 2023-24 were recently held, with candidates each preparing a speech which they delivered to their peers prior to voting taking place. These representatives meet regularly and act as link between the class and the school's Senior Leadership Team.
School Council elections are an example of the British Value of Democracy and of Godwin's commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 12 of which states: Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously.
Children can choose to stand for election and prepare a short manifesto to outline to their peers the relevant skills that they possess and explain why they are the best candidate for the role. Each child in the class has an equal vote and the two children with the highest number of votes are elected to represent their class for the year.
The 30 representatives’ main role is to:
Collect the views of their classmates and pass them on at the school council meeting
Take an active role in school council meetings
Let their classmates know what is discussed at school council meetings
In 2023-24 the 30 School Councillors are:
Children in Years 5 and 6 can actively contribute to our school community by becoming Pupil Librarians.
Prospective librarians complete a short written application outlining why the reasons why they are interested in this role and are selected by our English Leader, before receiving training. They spend some of their lunchtimes organising our library and assisting in book selection for younger pupils. They are extremely knowledgeable and provide valuable advice to the Senior Leadership Team about which books are popular and should be purchased.
It is a rewarding role which our children are able to reflect on the value of:
“Being a librarian has taught me how to be systematic and how to take on responsibility. I really like helping the school by making the library more tidy and organised. I’ve always been a bookworm and being a librarian has helped me to show that.” Persephone
"Being a librarian is like being part of a special community; I have made good friends who I might not have connected with in the playground. I have discovered another side of myself and feel like I’m maturing and becoming more steady.” Stanley
“My favourite thing to do in the library is to help others find the right book that suits them. When I read a book I get so absorbed and I don’t hear my surroundings because of how interesting our books are!” Sofia
“I love being a librarian; it makes me feel responsible and proud. Just being with books makes me happy so it’s the perfect role for me! The library is my favourite place.” Ella
“I love the library because it’s peaceful and calm. I knew I wanted to be a librarian so I could make it an even better place.” Ishaq
“I became a librarian because books are a huge joy and being part of the team is a very special thing. I love the fact that when you sort one book you help another person find it. Our library is beautiful and diverse. It’s organised and systematic. I think it’s perfect.” Alilah
Our team of current librarians is: