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The Beacon C of E (VA) Primary School

'Living life in all its fullness' (John 10:10)


1 Beacon Place, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2SR

01395 264300


School Council

Thursday 24th September - it's School Council Election Day!

Online voting will be open between 9am and 3pm.

If you are working from home or if you are unwell, you can still vote. We will email your password.



Each year children can apply to be candidates for the School Council. They campaign and a vote is held. We aim to mirror local and national election processes, so children apply to our ‘electoral role’ and the previous year’s School Councillors become Election Officers to lead the Election of the following year’s Councillors.

The School Council take matters seriously. In Autumn 2018, they led a competition to design their new logo. Over the years they have taken many important decisions such as to host a Fair Trade conference,  support a wide range of charities and apply to the Headteacher and Governors for improved resources.  They support our School Improvement Plan and have represented our school at local events such as the Exmouth Lights On Act of Remembrance.

Meetings are held twice per half term, minutes are distributed to classes.  The meetings are supported by a member of staff but very much led by the Councillors themselves.

It's Election Time!

Every September, last year's School Councilors perform their last role as our elected officers.  They run the election for the next School Council.

Working with Mrs Billington, they invite children to join the Electoral Role. Then children can decide to stand as candidates and the campaigning begins!

The previous year's School Council become the Electoral Officers, and Returns Officers. They run the Election themselves.

Everyone on the school's 'electoral role' can vote for up to two candidates in their class.

The Returns Officers count the votes for a class they don't have a relationship with.

The following day, in Collective Worship, the new Candidates are announced and the previous year's School Councilors present the badges and certificates to the new School Councilors. 

In September 2020, the Electoral Officers are investigating whether e-voting would work best because of the restrictions in school to make us Covid-safe.

Do you think we should be e-voting this year?

You can see what our online voting would be like by clicking this link.  You can complete the online practise vote!

Then complete our survey below to tell us what you think!