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Castledawson Primary School
Families First NI Education Awards Following on from our nomination for ‘best school’ in the Families First NI Education Awards, If you feel our school is deserving of winning this category please click on the following link to leave a comment. The link stays ‘live’ for a week. Everyone is welcome to comment whether you a current parent, past parent or pupil, friend of the school, governor or have a connection with our school in any way. Please express in your comments where you feel we excel as a ‘best school.’ The adjudicator looks for ‘quality’ comments explaining why you feel our school is deserving of the award 👍👍 😀😀😀😀
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Pupil Leadership


The importance of pupils taking ownership of the learning and having greater roles within school in decision-making is greatly recognised in Castledawson Primary School.

Encouraging pupils to participate in pupil leadership opportunities in order to develop new skills forms an important part of each child's development in CPS. Whether it is developing pupil leadership in the classroom (encouraging decisions about teaching, learning and assessment, creating a class charter, encouraging pupils to develop and share their own opinions, engage in debate etc) or in school and involving pupils in decision making in a variety of roles and participation in councils. Pupils are elected to meaningful roles of ambassadors or representatives and are involved in peer support, buddying and are encouraged to participate in consultation about aspects of school that may need change or improvement.

There are many opportunities for pupils to contribute to the life of the school in CPS through their engagement with specific roles which have been successful for both the pupils and wide school community including;

  • Executive Team - Girl/ Boy Ambassador, Deputy Girl/ Boy Ambassador
  • School Council
  • Eco Council
  • Rights Respecting Ambassadors
  • Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
  • Sustrans Sherriffs
  • Playground Pals
  • Digital Leaders
  • P7 Buddies
  • Prefects (hall, music, PE, Library, Sports, HOP)

We recognise how all our pupils are invaluable and each opinion matters. We strive to continue to develop a culture where children know their voice is heard and many opportunities to capture their opinions are provided. Fostering leadership within our pupils and providing as many roles as possible for children to experience success is an area of school life that each member of staff is committed to developing.