ESF - English Schools Foundation

ESF pupils chart council

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 April, 2008, 12:00am

The new school year is likely to usher in the English Schools Foundation's first student council after students voted last weekend on its formation.

At a 'Sixth Form Leadership Forum' students decided the council would consist of four representatives from each of the ESF's six secondary schools.

Project manager and Island School former head boy, Michael Lok Hui-yin, 18, said the student representatives would probably come from years 12 and 13 but it would be left for the schools to decide how students were selected.

'The council would recommend a series of methods, which hopefully will include application and election, but it will ultimately be up the individual schools,' he said.

The council will include a 'parliamentarian' in lieu of a president, who will be selected on a rotating basis, and two vice-presidents.

The students plan to hold two formal meetings every term. Decisions will need to be passed by a two-thirds majority vote.

Six students, one from each school, have been selected by their peers to oversee the development of the council's constitution.

Mr Lok expected the council would be operating by the beginning of the new school year. The forum had gone 'beyond expectations'.

'Hopefully we'll come up with concrete structure for the council in a few months' time.'