Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School

School, Fairtrade, Sports and Rights Respecting Councils

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

All our Councils are elected by the children in their classes. After listening to a short speech prepared by potential councellors, the children vote for the candidate of their choice.

The Councils pride themselves on being the voice of their peers, bringing issues raised to monthly meetings. They run coffee mornings for parents and the local community, and 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.

Together we meet annually with other local schools as part of the Student Voice Conference.

We visit local schools to deliver assemblies focused on Fairtrade, as we are the only school in Bedfordshire to hold the Fairtrade Gold Award.

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.

In 2016 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 people their first taste of democracy in action'. At Heathwood, we believe it is important for every child to have a voice and be heard.



Houses of Parliament Visit 2018


Mrs Dove assists with the School Council, Mrs Wright with the Fairtrade and the Rights Respecting Councils and Mr Dicker with the Sports Council.