Students are proud to represent the school and each other, playing a major part in developing and shaping our school. The representatives of our active student council are directly involved in the planning and implementation of school improvements and meet regularly to discuss key issues and priorities. Student focus groups actively develop school policies, are involved in the appointment of key members of staff and are consulted at subject levels about all aspects of their learning.
Teaching School Leaders
The Teaching School Leader team is a group of students that have been trained to observe lessons, feedback to teachers and coach teachers to meet student needs when planning and delivering their lessons.
Training School Leaders play a vital role in the Training School; working with trainee teachers and NQTs, giving presentations to visitors about our school and working with staff to keep Teaching and Learning at the cutting edge of education. The training School Leaders have been extensively trained in coaching and feedback and staff comment regularly on their professionalism.
Our School Council is an inclusive, structured forum for discussion and decision making that allows all students a voice in improving our school. It is a democratic council, with an election process during the start of the Autumn term each academic year.
Each tutor group elects two representatives, who obtain views from their tutor group and feedback in Year Group Council Meetings. Three elected representatives from each year group then take the views of their year group to the whole School Council. The five Year Council’s and the full School Council all meet once every half term.
Members of the school councils have a responsibility to put forward the views of their tutor and year groups. Rather than just presenting their own opinions, students are encouraged to develop as effective leaders and ensure the voice of all students is represented. The Council members also ensure that feedback from the meeting is passed back to their year and tutor groups.
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Have Your Say Day
Each half term we hold a 'Have Your Say Day' at school where students are encouraged to have their say on a range of school issues. The day is run by the School Council who work hard to collect student feedback and encourage their peers to have their say. The feedback we receive from 'Have Your Say Day' helps us to continue to develop and improve the school for our students.
PE Student Council
The PE Department have recently formed a Student Council in which pupils get the opportunity to voice their opinion about different aspects of the subject. Staff were eager to hear responses on a variety of issues on the agenda, and so far have been inundated with great ideas. Pupils have voiced their opinions on a number of matters concerning: the changing rooms and routine, PE kit, the curriculum and extra-curricular activities, rewards and sports day. The department have been impressed with notions put forward by the pupils and will be looking to implement some of them in the near future.
Student voice successes
- Developing community links with Chisila Community School, Zambia
- Leading the ‘SoundOut’ conference which links with our feeder primary school councils
- Presenting at Manchester Schools’ Voice Box