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Ty Gwyn Special School

"Learning To Achieve"

School Council

Welcome to Ty Gwyn's School Council page! 



Here you can find out lots of information, including regular updates about our meetings.


What is School Council?

At Ty Gwyn we believe it is important for pupils to take ownership of their learning and have greater roles in school decision making. We established School Council to encourage all pupils and students to become more involved in improving school life for everyone. We recognise that pupils have views and opinions on issues that matter in the classroom, school and the community.

We discuss matters that are important to us and give pupils an active role in implementing any actions, changes or improvements. We listen to other people’s view and opinions about the school and share these views with the Senior Leadership Team to make positive changes in our school.



School Council gives students at Ty Gwyn the opportunity to:

  • Be more involved in the organisation of the school.
  • Help improve school life for all.
  • Help develop pupil’s and student’s own skills such as communication, responsibility and confidence, preparing them for an active role in society.
  • Develop a caring community spirit within the school.
  • Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people.
  • Encourage pupil and student councillors to express their own views and the opinions of the other pupils/students that they represent and allow them to share their opinions and ideas with others.


Our School council is made up of:

  • 4 students from the primary department.
  • 13 students from the Secondary department.
  • 4 students from the post 16 department.
  • 2 Teachers and 1 member of the Assistive Technology Department will be advocates.


School Council will:

  • Take minutes at each meeting, these will be displayed on the School Council display board.
  • Meet every half term, if required extra meetings will be organised.
  • Augment any work that may involve parents, caretakers, governors etc.
  • Report back to peers regarding discussions at school council meetings.
  • Act as representatives of their peers.  

Take a look at what we've been up to lately!



In this weeks school council meeting, we talked about the design of our new Rights Respecting School mascot. The pupils had input into the design by telling us what they liked/disliked about it, whether they were happy with the mascot or not.

We then did a quick Rights Respecting Schools questionnaire about how our pupils rights are met; whether they enjoy school, if they feel they are listened to, if they feel safe in school, if their friends are kind. 

After that we helped ECO Schools by taking a look at our outside areas and playgrounds and deciding where we want to plant the new trees.

Our School Council members then what activities the school were going to do to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. We voted and the outcome was: 

  • Fancy dress. 
  • Street party. 
  • Decorate a cake for the Queen.

Finally we had an update on our letter to Cardiff Council about the surfacing of the pavements and roads in our community. Cardiff council wrote back to us and said that they would be more than happy to help  us and take a look at the roads/pavements needing resurfacing. Now we need to reply to Cardiff council telling them where the problems are. 

Well done School Council and Thank you to Cardiff Council for being so helpful!


Article 12 - I have the right to be listened to and taken seriously. 


In this weeks school council meeting we discussed snacks that we have in our classes and whether they are healthy or not healthy. We then talked about the texture of the pavement and roads out in the community, whether they were rough, smooth, safe or unsafe and we decided whether or not we need to send a letter to Cardiff Council asking them to look at the surfacing so that it is wheelchair user friendly. We decided that we should send a letter, well done School Council! 





Article 15 - I have the right to meet with friends and join clubs.

Article 12 - I have the right to be listened to and taken seriously. 

Article 23 - If I have a disability, I have the right to specialist health care and education.


In this week School Council meeting we were able to meet up to discuss the possibility of the school expanding. Children understood that this meant there would be more students at school. 

We then discussed that more pupils means more classes and more pupils would need to access our specialist provision rooms as we all have a right to specialist care and education (Article 23). This means that rooms such as rebound therapy, splash pool & soft play would need to be shared and put onto a bigger rota so we may not have them as often as we normally do. 

School council said they would be happy to have more friends join the school and they would be more than willing to share these resources. 

Well done school council, we told Diane how you feel about the expansion.