Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School

School Council and Fairtrade Council

At Heathwood we are very proud of our active, accessible School and Fairtrade Councils.

Both our Councils are elected by the children in their classes. After a short child produced presentation, the children vote for the candidate of their choice.

The Councils pride themselves on being the voice of their peers, bringing issues raised to weekly meetings. They run coffee mornings for parents and the local community, providing information about school projects. Together we meet annually with other local schools as part of the Student Voice Conference. We also visit local schools to deliver assemblies focused on Fairtrade as we are the only school in Bedfordshire to hold the Fairtrade Gold Award. The children raise money for school resources and charities of their choice. A weekly Fairtrade tuck shop uses its profits to invest in a Shared Interest Bank that offers low-interest loans to farmers in developing countries and to support the education of two children in Sierra Leone

We are empowered by the close relationships we form with our community groups such as Friends of the Earth, Fairtrade, Bee Preservation and local businesses.

Last year we were awarded The Speaker's School Council award for our work 'Fairtrade in the Community and Abroad'.  The Right Honorable John Becow, MP, Speaker of the House of Commons said 'School Councils give young pepole their first taste of democracy in action. At Heathwood, we believe it is important for every child to have a voice and be heard.


 Fairtrade Assembly

Fairtrade Assembly at Pulfords Lower School


Mrs Dove assists with the School Council, whilst Mrs Wright assists with the Fairtrade Council.