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Anker Valley Primary Academy

Anker Valley Primary Academy

Pupil Governors

Why do we have pupil governors?

Anker Valley Pupil Governing Body is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way the school is run; it is after all their school. We respect and value the thoughts and opinions of our children and whilst it may not always be possible or practical to do everything they suggest, the children do have some fantastic ideas and are able to accept why some ideas may not work well for the school community.

Being a Pupil Governor benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers, because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made within school.

Governors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. It is the responsibility of each Governor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of all the other pupils they represent.

Who would make a good pupil governor?

Any child in the school can stand to be a Pupil Governor rep for their class. It is not a decision made by teachers, nor do they have to be the cleverest person in the class. A good pupil governor does need to have some of the following qualities though:

  • A good listener and speaker
  • A team player
  • Interested to learn more about our school
  • Keen to make a contribution to improving our school
  • Able to represent the views of others in your year group
  • Able and willing to speak to your class about the governing body
  • Willing to give up some of your own time to this post
  • Has lots of good ideas
  • Sets a good example to others

Who can be a pupil governor?


We have a Pupil Governing Body with boys and girls representing their fellow pupils from each class.

Each governor is elected by their classmates at the beginning of the school year after a short presentation explaining why they should be elected. This develops children’s understanding of one of British values: democracy. They also understand that with democracy comes responsibility.

What Do We Do?

Members of the pupil governing body take part in discussions and votes and also feedback any relevant information to their class. At times they are requested to ask their class for ideas or take class votes relating to discussions by the governing body.

Members meet regularly with Mrs Horlor to discuss ways in which they feel they can influence the school for the better. This may be ideas to improve playtimes, after school clubs, lessons or what charities they want to support through fund-raising activities.

Community Links

As well as holding the occasional fund-raising event during the year, the pupil governing body have also been tasked to think of ways that the school can strengthen its links to the local community.

2022 - 2023 Pupil Governing Body


Grayson and Harper (Year 1)


 Henry and Violet (Reception)