About our Student Council
The role of the student council is to serve, listen to and represent the views of all students from diverse backgrounds and communities. The council are keen to make significant contributions to improve the overall achievement of students and ensure they have a rich, varied and enjoyable experience; they are given the opportunity to express themselves, formulate arguments, represent the views of others and feedback to their peers. The purpose of the student council is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership by organizing and carrying out school activities and projects. In addition to planning events that contribute to school spirit and community welfare, the student council is the voice of the student body. They help share student ideas, interests and concerns with the school wide community.
Members of the student council discussed and agreed their vision to be:
Article 12 (respect for the views of the child). Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously.
How are the meetings organised?
Student council meetings take place every week Tuesday at lunchtime and are led by the head boy and girl. Every student is given the opportunity to complete a student suggestion form on a termly basis. Suggestion forms are then put in the suggestion boxes anonymously. The key issues are debated in whole school council meetings before students share their views with members of SLT and the governing body.
We believe in the importance of giving students opportunities to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills. Our ambition is to develop a range of personal, emotional and social skills so our students are able to thrive as members of the community and succeed in the workplace.
Opportunities for leadership start in Year 7 and continue throughout the school. Students are asked to lead group work, to feedback on behalf of a group, and to direct small projects, as well as having an opportunity to represent their year on the student council.
As students’ progress through school, they will have the opportunity to:
- Represent the school in events
- Become house leaders- House Captains, Vice House Captains and Community leaders
- Become Head Boy or Head Girl (Sixth form only)
- Sit on interview panels for new staff
- Leadership programs and training
Such leadership opportunities provide students with the chance to develop decision making skills, to understand the nature of commitment and responsibility, and to nurture in them heightened self-esteem, arising from earning the respect of their peers and staff.