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Pupil Power

At Heronswood Primary School we provide many opportunities for our children to have a say in how their school is run because we believe their voice is fundamental in shaping Heronswood for the future. 


As a senior leadership team we want to ensure that our children are able to share their ideas and opinions, we want them to be confident, self-assured individuals and we want them to develop skills which they will take with them into adulthood. Have a look below to see some of the different types of Pupil Power roles across Heronswood.

Head Boy & Head Girl

At the start of each academic year, two children from Year 6 take the positions of head boy and head girl and a further two take the deputy posts. The children have to apply for these positions, provide two references, go through a short listing process and then be selected to come for an interview with the SLT; before the successful candidates can be announced to the school. 


As part of their role the head boy and head girl along with the deputies will:


  • Liaise with staff and House Captains in the organisation of school events   
  • Write updates about the school for the school newsletter and website 
  • Organise Upper School responsibilities e.g. litter patrol and play leaders                                     
  • Attend School Council and Parent Voice meetings 
  • Lead learning walks and environmental walks with groups of children
  • Run achievement assemblies
  • Report findings to Senior Leadership Team


For 2023/24 our Head Boy is Perran and Head Girl is Emily. Our deputies are Mia and Lukas.


House Captains

We have four house captains at Heronswood who lead our four house teams - Red, Green, Blue and Yellow.  All the children from Reception to Year 6 are split into these four teams.  The house captains support the teachers as they help to:


  • Organise Inter-House competitions, during the year, across the year groups
  • Organise and over-see lunch-time clubs for children from Reception to Year 6
  • Organise Playtime Buddies
  • Feedback to School Council and Family Forum meetings. 


Our house captains for 2023/24 are Paige (Red), Curtis (Green), Henry (Blue) and Ameline (Yellow).

School Council 

Each year, every class will normally elect two representatives to be members of the school council.

A school council usually meets with a teacher present to discuss and sort out any ideas, concerns or problems children might have. We want to contribute to our school so all children “love, learn and live” as global citizens. We pledge to do our best to represent our classes' needs and ideas to make Heronswood a safe, happy place for all.


Our representatives for 2023/34 are:  Hanna & Lucy, Isabelle & Jorgie/Jenson, Max & Hope, Maisie & Jacob, Alicia & Paighton, Freya & Aimee-Leigh


Jacob (4CB):

“We meet to think of ways we can improve the school for children, teachers, parents and our community!”

Isabelle (2ER):

“We are here to help our teachers teach us in the best way!”

SDG squad

At Heronswood, our SDG squad works to make our school a more sustainable place. We meet regularly to discuss the Rivers' Sustainability Charter and also the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Over the past few years our SDG squad has been involved in creating habitats for the wildlife around school, helped the council plant trees in the local area, purchased yoga mats to support wellbeing and much, much more.