Aims and Purpose of the Student Council: 2023-2024
The Student Council exists to represent the voice of the students, promote their ideas and advocate their views and interests. It is a fundamentally democratic and non-political institution, with all students given equal opportunity to participate. Its role includes helping the school to serve its students as effectively as possible and making students aware of wider issues, in addition to playing an important role in establishing links with the community. All members are democratically elected by their forms based on the issues students believe in.
The Student Council within the School Community
- To create a positive school atmosphere of mutual respect between staff and students
- Developing and maintaining the participation of students in the life of our school
- Helping students to develop important life skills such as project management, time management and leadership skills
- Represent the views of the students we represent to our school’s Senior Leadership Team
- Raising awareness among students of prevalent issues in society, including health, financial and environmental issues
- Establishing links with the local community through our fundraising projects
At the beginning of each calendar year, the Student Council elect a charity to support and set a fundraising target. Over the course of the year, several fundraising events are organised, including discos, cake sales and a summer fete.
This year, the Student Council has voted to support Cancer Research - raising money for a national charity like this will be a shift from the previous year's local community project. The public almost entirely funds Cancer Research UK's work thus it is a great initiative to support such a great organisation, tackling the issue of cancer, a subject close to many people's hearts.
Prospective Staff Interviews
Often when teaching positions at our school become vacant, the Student Council will be asked to establish an interview panel to represent the students in the selection of a new teacher. The panel is chosen by the Student Council’s Chairman and usually consists of representatives from each section of the school (KS3, KS4, KS5). Over the past few years, Student Council have been involved in the appointment of many new staff members, many of whom now teach lessons to us on a regular basis.
On the first Wednesday of every month, the Student Council hold an Open Meeting, which all students are welcome to attend and raise their suggestions.
On each of the remaining Mondays, the Student Council’s panels meet to discuss ideas relevant to their area of focus. There are five panels that makeup the Student Council.
The Student Council also has an Executive Board, consisting of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and panel heads who administer the Council’s operations. Held every Wednesday, the Executive Board discusses the progress of each panel and provides advice to the panel heads.
Important Links and Information
Please click here to view the School Council Website.
Note: You will be required to log into your gmail account to view the website.
The Student Council Executive Board 2023-24
Chair: Pete Hewage
Vice Chair: Feranmi Obadun-Aremu
Treasurer: Sriram Chakka
Deputy Treasurer: Pahan Kalupahana
Heads of Charity: Seeya Lakhanpal & Rayan Zaib
Head of Fundraising: Ariadna Neculai
Head of Communications: Ali Gias
Head of Outreach: Raksha Mangaleswaran
Head of Equality and Diversity: Mariam Chaudry
Event Secretaries: Yeaeun Kang & Iesa Mogul
Policy Secretaries: Akishita Modi & Angad Hayre
Spokespeople: Sriram Ganesan & Moses Folakemi
Council Secretariat: Bhavdeep Singh
The Student Council, at Lawrence Sheriff School, gives students an opportunity to share ideas, interests and concerns with fellow students, teachers, the senior leadership team and governors. The Student Council plays a major role in fundraising for local and national charities; providing services for school-wide activities, including social events, community projects and the student research programme. They actively work with the Senior Leadership Team and governor, Mr Howe, in school reform and safeguarding respectively. In recent years the Student Council has continued to play a major part in interviewing teaching and non-teaching staff and have built upon links with the LSS Parent’s Association to support each other’s activities and events.
As the Senior Leadership lead for the Student Council, I can say that I am very proud of the Council and all of the students that have contributed to the whole school on a multitude of levels and would like to encourage all students to consider getting involved in the many Student Council events.