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School Council Awards

Welcome to our site dedicated to School Council awards for Primary Schools in Cornwall


What is PADL?

Cornwall Healthy Schools and the Primary PADL Awards

PADL awards news and updates

What is PADL?

Promoting Active Democracy Loudly - PADL - is a set of standards for primary school councils which guide and measure effective student voice, representation and leadership within schools. 

School councils/pupil parliaments can gain a PADL award for their work at Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum level. 

Cornwall Healthy Schools and the Primary PADL Awards

The Cornwall Healthy Schools Team are delighted to work with primary schools in Cornwall to enable them to achieve School Council PADL awards. We're thrilled to be able to celebrate the wonderful work of Schools Councils in Cornwall!

You can use this section of our website to get up to date information:

PADL awards news and updates

On Friday 23rd June 2017, pupils from Primary School Councils across the County came together, in the Council Chamber at County Hall, to be recognised for their work in promoting democracy.

Children celebrating padl awards

The children did a 5-10 minute presentation and were then presented with their PADL Awards (Promoting Active Democracy Loudly) by Council Chairman Mary May and Council Vice Chairman Hilary Frank. This was then followed by a question and answer session where the children were able to ask questions to Mrs May and Mrs Frank. 

The eloquence and confidence of these children impressed all those in attendance and I’m sure there are definitely some future politicians in these schools.

chair people

Schools achieving awards were:

Shortlanesend School
Mawgan-in-Pydar Community Primary School
Stratton School
St Meriadoc CE Nursery and Infant Academy
Falmouth Primary Academy
Newquay Junior Academy
Bishop Cornish School
Nansloe Academy
St Columb Major Academy
Gwinear Community Primary School
Chacewater Community Primary School
St Stephens Community Academy
St Neot Primary School
Marlborough School
Wadebridge Primary Academy
Lewannick Community Primary

child with gavel 

Congratulations to all schools.


We have reviewed the PADL criteria in November 2016 and this has now been completed. You can now log in to our PADL website to record your evidence for an award.  Your school support worker will also need to come in to meet with your school council as part of the assessment process, for all levels of the award.

If you think you meet the criteria for an award, please go to our PADL website and submit your evidence for either a bronze, silver, gold or platinum award. If you don't already have an account for our PADL awards, please create one so that you can start to document how your school council meets the standards. If you have any queries, please email us on 

The 2016 PADL Awards event was held at the Council Chamber, New County Hall, Truro.  This offered children the opportunity to celebrate the work of their school council and be presented with their PADL award to take back to school. Welcome and presentation of the awards was by Councillor Andrew Wallis, Cabinet Lead Member for Children's Services, who we are very grateful to for allowing the children to ask ANY question using the microphones in the council chamber! 


On Friday 18 July 2014 we invited school councils from across the county to come along to share the great news of the work that they do, and take part in peer assessing each other.  They demonstrated the great stuff they do, and also shared what is happening in the fabulous school councils around Cornwall. Each school presented a short item about what they're most proud of having achieved and then they had chance to ask questions and get to the nitty gritty of deciding the awards!     

In 2013 we we went on a trip to Berrycoombe School in Bodmin in March, St Erme with Trispen School in May and in November at Pondhu School.  If you are interested in attending one of our assessment and awards days let us know:

Some feedback we received from the day in Bodmin:

"It was interesting hearing how different schools run their councils.  The children are now keen to 'jobshare' and have assistant Chair and secretary"

"The children really enjoyed the day, especially having visitors from other schools.  It has given the school councillors a real boost and they are very keen to begin new projects."

School Council Workshop 

Are you looking for a way to improve the school council in your school? Come along to our free workshop for school council co-ordinators/link teachers and you can expect to gain ideas and resources to:

      • Make school council meetings more action-focused
      • Support your school council
      • Help school councillors to represent their class, and take on certain roles
      • Share ideas and good practice.
      • Create a clear action plan for when you get back to school.

We welcome newbies and old hands alike along to our sessions as we find the sharing of best practice is a vital aspect and a great opportunity to network in a friendly environment. For more information about upcoming dates in your area and details of how to book your free place, see our training page.

At a previous session we invited 11 pupils from Torpoint Nursery and Infant School school council along to tell the workshop delegates about the wonderful work that their school council does.  They did a fantastic presentation and answered questions and generally had us all in the palms of their hands!  They behaved so beautifully too!  We just had to upload some photos for you to see.   

 School Council

We had some great feedback from teachers and Teaching Assistants who attended the training:

"Lots of great ideas - thank you!"

"Great practical ideas to take back to school"