Pupil-led initiatives that have improved playtimes and lunchtimes have helped gain a school the prestigious Investing in Children award.

Schools seeking the award must prove they not only listen to, but act on, pupils’ initiatives.

Kewaigue’s 12-strong school council collects ideas from pupils in person, via a suggestion box and through class council meetings.

It announces in assemblies and through class representatives, the ideas that will be progressed.

In an initiative to improve playtimes, the school council evaluated play equipment designs and raised funds to buy and install their chosen apparatus.

Pupils also organise the running of their own clubs and various fundraising events.

Mr Ayres said: ’It was fantastic to meet such a dedicated school council who were passionate about their school and who were keen to work as a team in order to make changes to the school environment as well as supporting the wider community with fundraising efforts.’

Adrian Shorthouse, Kewaigue’s headteacher, said: ’The school council team have worked hard to put into practice their imaginative and innovative ideas. Pupil voice is something we value a great deal at Kewaigue and we look forward to the children maintaining their influence on the continued development of our successful school.’