Pupil Voice

School Council

School Council elections are held every September.  Two pupils from each class from Nursery/Reception to Year 6 are elected through a secret ballot following their nomination and speech. 

All pupils become Class Representatives.  Nominations and voting are later held by elected pupils to select the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer.

The School Council have their own bank account and  pupils lead fundraising activities throughout the school.

Here at Ysgol y Castell ‘Pupil Voice & Participation’ is central to decision-making and changes.

We encourage participation as part of everyday teaching and learning through:

  • Self assessment & evaluation;
  • Questionnaires, surveys, circle time and suggestion boxes;

Meetings are held at least once a month and each representative returns to the classroom with tools and activities to capture pupil voice, questions and opinions.  All opinions and requests are taken to the Head Teacher, Miss Goodfellow, Senior Management Meetings, Staff Meetings and Governing Body Meetings. 

The Chair and Vice Chair of the School Council are invited to meet the Governing Body of Ysgol y Castell and Kidwelly Town Council.

(Article 12 UNCRC) The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international agreement that protects the human rights of children under the age of 18. For more information:



For further information about our school council please contact Mrs Reilly. 

Healthy Schools


A healthy school promotes physical and emotional health by providing accessible and relevant information and equips pupils and staff with the understanding, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health. Pupils flourish in a positive environment and are given a voice to influence whole-school decisions.


We are continuing our journey to gaining ‘The National Quality Award’ for Healthy Schools. We are working hard as a whole school across seven key health topics which include:

  • Food and Fitness
  • Mental and Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  • Personal Development and Relationships
  • Substance Use and Misuse
  • Environment
  • Safety
  • Hygiene

We are currently working on improving and making children aware of being physically active by introducing the new walk a mile, which is completed every day by each year group.

For further information about Healthy Schools please contact Mrs Bowen.

Sports Council

The Sports Council has members from every class from Year 2 up and is led by our 4 Bronze Sports Ambassadors from Year 6.  Pupils independently run twice weekly clubs for Year 2 and always promote sports participation and encourage active and healthy lifestyles in a positive manner across the school.

The Sports Council help to organise the Breaktime yard rota and assist in the running of After School Sports Clubs.  They always strive to be positive role models to younger children and continuously encourage the ethos of fair play.

For further information about our Sports Council please contact Mr Morgan.

ECO Council

The Eco council (Eco Warriors) go to meetings, make suggestions and decisions as well as being involved in projects that the eco- council runs. The eco-council care for our school environment. We help others to follow our eco-code such as putting litter in the bin, turning off taps and lights and not leaving the computers on stand by. We monitor our energy use in class and encourage teachers and children to recycle.

So far this year we have:

· Elected new members for our eco-council 2019-20.

· Taken part in the school annual environmental review.

· Designed and voted for a new lanyard for Eco Warriors to wear to make us more visible.

· Designed a new Eco Display from recycled materials with monthly Green Goals.

· Cleared the poly tunnel ready for planting and made a new compost bin from pallets.

· Collected bottle tops for an art project.

Ways forward:

· Green goals to be announced in assembly.

· Continue to encourage all pupils/ staff to follow the ECO code.

· To plant fruit and vegetables in the poly tunnel.

· To meet with designers/ builders for the new school to find out how it will help with our Eco Code.

· Create murals with the bottle tops.

For further information about Eco Schools please contact Mrs Austin. 

Digital Leaders


A Digital Leader is a pupil who is part of a Digital Leaders Team within a school, whose role it is to support the use and to further the development of ICT in school.


Typically, functions that may be performed by a Digital Leader could be:

  • Test and review new ICT resources, which could be websites, software or hardware.
  • Share their skills and expertise with other pupils, classes and teachers.
  • Set up ICT equipment in classrooms for teachers.
  • Support teachers in using ICT in the classroom.

For further information about our Digital leaders please contact Mr Evans.