Akiva School

Akiva School

School Council

The School Council is led by the headteacher, Claire Silver. The School Council is made up of children in Years 3-6.  Two children from each class in Years 3-5 and three children from Year 6 are elected to the Council at the beginning of each academic year.  Children in years 5 and 6 are linked with the classes in Years 1 and 2 to ensure that their views are gathered before decisions are made.  The Council meets fortnightly to plan and organise activities; discuss changes that can be made in order to improve the school and to share the views of their peers. The aims of the School Council are to work together to try and make our school a better place for the children and the staff. Members of the School Council bring ideas from their classmates to the meetings about how they want the school to be improved.  The School Council leads Kabbalat Shabbat every 3 weeks, during this assembly they share information about what they are working on with the rest of the school.

At the start of the year we decide what charities we would like to support throughout the year.  In 2020-2021 we supported Great Ormond Street Hospital, Home Start and Ze Benafshi (a new mental health charity based in Israel).

This year, 2021-2022, the School Council have chosen to support the following charities: Separated Child Foundation; Surfers Against Sewage; Little Princess Trust and Zichron Menachem.


 At the meetings we:

  • Share our ideas and support each other
  • Find out what children think by asking questions
  • Work as a school community
  • Listen to each other


Some of our initiatives over the past few years have included:

  • Making changes to the school lunches, introducing a new menu (including the popular sandwiches and soup)
  • Organising a ‘Mad Hair Day’ to raise money for charity
  • Working with the Summer Fair committee & The Chanukah Outdoor Market committee
  • Building up a database of the opinions of class mates
  • Developing the remote learning policy
  • Designing the resurfacing of the KS1 and KS2 playgrounds and installing a MUGA - this involved meeting with playground designers and developing plans. 

This year we will be helping the school Governors with the tender for the Catering Company.