At Biggar High School our pupil council is a representative structure for pupils only, through which they can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with School management, staff and parents for the benefit of the School and its pupils. Our Pupil Council works with a designated teacher, who is the link person between the pupils and staff and management in the school.
Our pupil council is made up of elected class representatives, one boy and one girl, from each year group S1-S4. These elections take place with Personal and Social Education (PSE) classes in August each year. The School Captains, Vice Captains, one House Captain and one Sports Captain represent S5 and S6 students.
The designated teacher attached to the Pupil Council meeting facilitates the copying of Agenda and Minutes for each meeting. The meetings take place monthly and the Chair and Minute taker is rotated at the meeting.
Time is given to Class Representatives to gather their own class views or to feedback from the Pupil Council during PSE. There is a dedicated notice board to display minutes and any other pertinent information. Minutes of meetings are distributed to all staff to promote staff awareness of current pupil issues. Pupil Council minutes are printed and issued on the school website and, where relevant, attached to the weekly pupil newsletter.
As a Rights Respecting School it is important that we respect the views of all within the School and pupils and staff are keen to strengthen this aim and see that a fully operational Pupil Council allows everyone to play a genuine part in the life of the School. Noted below are the UNCRC Articles, which directly link to the running of our Pupil Council.
Article 3 (best interests of the child)
Article 12 (respect for the views of the child)
Article 13 (freedom of expression)
Article 28 (right to education)
Article 15 (freedom of association)
Article 29 (goals of education)
Article 31 (leisure, play and culture)
Article 42 (knowledge of rights)