Democracy in action
The Prep has a very active and effective School Council, named ‘POD’ (Pupil Organised Democracy and the collective noun for a group of pelicans – the school badge) after the children held a vote. POD meets every week, setting its own agenda and recording termly updates to the school community via a PODcast. All pupils may raise an issue or put forward a suggestion for discussion by posting a note in the POD post box.
Our science garden is one of many successes to which POD can lay claim, along with ‘Head’s Question Time’, where children can put their points directly to the Head. Pupils also came up with the idea for a covered bike rack, increasing the number of water fountains and improving the consistency of rewards and sanctions.