Student Voice, Leadership & Participation
We seek our students' views wherever possible to inform and illuminate our decision-making through all aspects of school life to ensure we are putting our students at the centre of everything we do.
Gathered from the Student Council our Prefects, through regular whole-school surveys and many, many informal interactions; our students' opinions and feelings are vitally important to us.
We have 10 Senior Prefects, including our Head Prefects and their Deputies. They lead on initiatives in the four priority areas of:
- Leadership & Management
- Quality of Education
- Behaviour & Attitudes
- Personal Development
The Senior Prefects also have the task of selecting Duty Team rotas each new academic year. The Senior Prefects collectively represent the Year 10 tutor groups on the school council and play a pivotal role in communicating student voice and working with SLT to implement initiatives and ideas.
Two prefects per subject have a responsibility to carry out roles designated by each subject area to support with lessons and extra-curricular activities.
We are particularly proud that our students, through the Student Council, consult with us at every level. Each Tutor Group Elected Representative attends a termly meeting with their Head of Year to discuss ideas and concerns. The Elected Year Group Representatives meet with the Headteacher who in turn feeds back to Governors.
Our Student Council is consulted with before making many school decisions, which can be anything from suggesting and participating in fund raising for good causes, to consultation around the new school build, uniform, the timings of the day and more.
We believe that being a member of the Student Council instils a sense of responsibility and pride in our students; not only within the school, but within themselves.
Wellbeing Ambassadors are specific students within our school who have expressed an interest in supporting the Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing of all students in our community. This could be by simply being a friendly face, or someone to talk to about issues of concern. Each month, they also have a focus and work as a team to highlight these causes within the school.
Wellbeing Ambassadors have also supported students by raising the profile of national Awareness Events. For example, during Anti-Bullying Week in November, they were involved in promoting the national campaign at school and led assemblies to all Year Groups regarding this. They also listened to peers and gave advice regarding Anti-Bullying. In December, the Wellbeing Ambassadors also wrote secret, special messages to all staff to wish them a Happy Christmas and thank them for their hard work. In February, for LGBQTI+ Awareness Month in February, the Wellbeing Ambassadors sourced and displayed notable members of LGBQTI+ community and how they link to the various subjects taught within our school.
From September 2020, Wellbeing Ambassadors will be part of the new Personal Development Prefect Team to work as part of a larger group on a whole range of issues.
Science Ambassadors are chosen by the Key Stage Co-ordinators from any year group due to their regular attendance to Science Club and/or those who have shown a keen interest in the broader subject during lessons (sharing science programmes and articles they have watched in their own time with their science teachers and peers for example). Science Ambassadors help out with extra-curricular events, such as running experiments at Open Evening, helping out with visiting Primary schools, and welcoming visitors to the Science Department.
Each year we invite approximately 45 Year 8 students to become ‘Interview Ambassadors’. This ensures quality recruitment of Staff as they complete all of the interview lessons which take place as part of our recruitment process. This is a means of quality assurance and ensures for a smooth process on the interview days. Students observe the lessons and complete a feedback form afterwards which is then shared with the interview panel. Any Year 8 student is welcome to become an ambassador and the role has proved to be very popular, with students recognising the importance of the role. Once selected, they take part in an afternoon’s training, whereby it is discussed what makes a good lesson and how to write constructive feedback.
Each half term, one student from each year group is elected to join the Headteacher for Headteacher’s Tea that takes place on a Friday during the late afternoon period.
This is a unique and special invite for students who have achieved the highest credits in their year, have excelled in their subject, gone above and beyond or, have simply just done something selfless to help others.
These students can be elected by their Tutor, Head of Year, a member of the Senior Leadership Team or even by the Headteacher herself.
During this time students will be invited to share a piece of their best work, or share their experiences in school whilst drinking tea and eating cakes with the Headteacher.
Students' parents or carers are informed of their child’s acknowledgement and the student receives a Certificate of Acknowledgement and a Headteacher’s badge.