We encourage the children to have their say about school matters. This has been made possible by the formation of the School Council. The Council has been elected by the pupils themselves and has an important role to play in the development and improvement of the school for the pupils. Pupils are also asked to complete questionnaires at various times of the year, regarding various areas of school life to enable us to measure their response and make necessary alterations in the future.

The School council meet every other Monday to discuss any matters or issues of interest to the children within the school environment, surrounding community and things affecting the world around them, e.g. Red Nose Day, Children in Need, Water Aid, Hospice at Home, Children's Hospice.

As a School Council we see ourselves as the voice of all pupils in the school. Our links with staff, parents, pupils, the governors and community enable us to participate in decisions about teaching, learning, fundraising and the success of our school.

Derwent Vale has an active School Council which ensures all pupils voices are heard in the running of the school. It works as follows: each class elects two members to the Council each year. The Council meets fortnightly during term time and discusses issues raised by pupils. Class representatives report back to their class and help make the ideas they agree on happen.

If you have a good idea for the school, let your School Council representatives know and they can raise it at the next meeting.