Chesterfield is proud to have their own school parliament. This is an opportunity to hear the views of children through a democratic process.
Each class from Year 3 to 6 selects two Members of Parliament (MSP). The MSPs are responsible for collecting the views and issues raised in their classes, which they share half termly with their Year Achievement Leader. Children are given opportunities to take minutes and chair meetings.
Each of these year groups then elects two Cabinet members to meet with the Associate Headteacher every half term. They bring the views and suggestions from the year groups to be discussed. There are two additional Cabinet Members in Year 6, so that they can support the younger children in their MSP meetings.
A special 'Polling Day' takes place to vote for the Cabinet Members - applicants have to make a persuasive speech to their year team in the school hall, then the children individually complete voting papers and post them into a Ballot Box.
The MSPs and Cabinet Members are extremely proud to be selected. They feel they speak for the children, and are excellent role models for the school. They have to be reliable, demonstrate the Chesterfield Values, and may also give up some of their own time to volunteer for this position.