Avening Primary School

Opportunities to Lead

We know that giving children leadership opportunities helps us to create a community of successful learners. Not only are leadership skills such as organisation, communication and team work enhanced, but leadership also develops confidence and self- esteem and when children feel good about themselves learning flows!

There are leadership opportunities for children throughout the school, from being register monitors and messengers supported by a teaching assistant in the Early Years Foundation Stage, to being milk monitors and House Captains in Years 5 and 6.

Here are some of the important leadership roles we have within our school:

School Council

Our brilliant School Council are a proactive, community-minded bunch, who enjoy making a difference. They comprise of children from Year 1 to Year 6, duly elected to their positions following exciting hustings and elections in September. Our School Council meets once a term, although are often called upon between meetings to carry out additional responsibilities, such as contributing to school policies, taking around visitors or involvement in recruitment.

This year, representing their classes on the School Council are:

Bella - Chair (Responsible for running the meetings and producing the agenda)

Louis - Vice-Chair (Helps the chair run meetings)

Elizabeth - Secretary (Takes the minutes and distributes minutes to classes)

Ollie and Harry - Publicists (Writes articles for The Hoot, The Warbler and community publications)

Olivia and Hollie  - School Councillors for the Hawks

Oliver and Beatrice - School Councillors for the Kestrels and Eagles

So far this year, this fabulous team have organised fund-raising, delivered Harvest produce to the Cirencester Food Bank, led the Remembrance Day service, contributed to various policies and given guided tours at our Open Day.


Young Leaders

During the summer term, our Year 2 children are trained as Young Leaders.  Year 2 Young Leaders are responsible for organising 'Huff and Puff' activities at playtime for the younger children. On a rota basis, they don their Young Leader hats and set up play equipment on the playground. With the help of the Year 2 Young Leaders, lots of fun is had with the bats, balls and pom-poms!


House Captains

At Avening Primary School we have four house teams: Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Jupiter. Leading each of our houses are our House Captains.

House Captains are responsible for a number of things including representing their houses in Celebration Assembly, when house points and attendance are celebrated. The winnning House Captains love pinning up the house point totals on their display and tieing their colour ribbon onto the House Cups at the end of each term!

House Captains also help support their team when the school splits into cross-phase house groups for special activities such as Friendship Day during Anti-Bullying Week.

The highlight of the year for House Captains is our annual Sports Day, when they carry their house banner and lead their team up to the field for a morning of friendly competition!

Playground Patrollers

At the end of Year 5, all children take part in 'peer mediation training', led by Mrs Amos, which helps them to acquire assertiveness skills needed to support others to solve minor disagreements peacefully. Throughout the school we encourage children to develop peaceful conflict resolution skills and to use an 'I-statement' to solve their problems. Peer mediation training enhances these skills.

Once training is complete, in Year 6 the children are able to volunteer to become lunchtime 'Playground Patrollers'. We were delighted that all of our current Year 6 children volunteered for the position! The Playground Patrollers, on a rota basis, patrol the playground, supporting the younger children to have happy playtimes. They are trained to record any intervention on a clipboard and, if things get 'too hot to handle', they refer cases to one of our Play Team who takes over the mediation if necessary. Mrs Amos keeps a close eye on how things are going and holds regular meetings with our Playground Patrollers to discuss any issues.

Pupil conferencing and pupil questionnaires highlight the good job Playground Patrollers are doing. Well done Year 6!

Sports Council

The Sports Council are responsible for encouraging children across our school to be active. They meet with Mr Wilkinson regularly to discuss the options for extra-curricular clubs, as well as to arrange sporting opportunities. They have a track record of success - with 100% of our Key Stage 2 children taking part in a sporting event last year. You will find evidence of their work in the 'Enrichment' section of our website.