First for Skegness school

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SKEGNESS Infants School is the first in Lincolnshire to have been awarded the Early Voices School Council Award.

The school was honoured for its council, which is made up of nine children who are elected each term from reception year, first year and second year pupils

They are helped by two link adults, Paula Houghton and Michelle Thompson. They meet weekly and liaise with staff and governors on a regular basis.

The children had to meet specific criteria to achieve the award, such as being observed during one of their meetings by members from the healthy school team, and producing a folder of evidence.

A school spokesperson said: “We are very proud of our school councilors and indeed of all the support that we get from all the children and staff. The school council has worked hard to be recognised and is a huge part of our school life.”

They added that it was: “Important for the children to feel that their voices were heard within the school, and that they felt included and part of the decisions that needed to be made.”

Some of the things that helped the school gain the awards were their fundraising efforts, sponsored events and anti-bullying campaign.