Ashley High School has an active and effective School Council, which meets weekly in our purpose - built School Council Chamber. The School Council is made up of a student representative from each class of the school. Representatives are elected by nominations and secret ballot. It is the duty of class representative to bring ideas, opinions and agenda items from their class members to School Council. Elections for School Council Representatives are held annually in September at the start of the school year. School Council members elect a Chairperson to conduct the meetings in a democratic manner. Minutes of each council meeting are sent to class council to keep all students informed of the School Council activities. Head Boy and Head Girl automatically become members of the School Council. The link teacher for School Council is the Deputy Head teacher.
Each year School Council members invite the new Mayor of Halton and consort to visit the school. Members visit Runcorn Town Hall and find out how local government works. They travel to London annually to visit the Houses of Parliament and meet with local MP, Derek Twigg. After a tour of the House of Commons, they hold their Annual General Meeting together.
Since 2010 we have achieved Speaker's School Council Awards and in 2017 were ‘Highly Commended’ in recognition of our work on Rights and Responsibilities. This award is given annually by the Speaker of the House of Commons and is given in recognition of projects which have made a difference to the whole school community. Other past winning projects include; Fundraising, Global links with Kimbutta Rural Development Program in Uganda and our Fairtrade Active school award. Other awards received include Halton Youth Cabinet GOLD award and the National Discovering Democracy award given by the British Youth Council.