All academy students have the opportunity to take on leadership roles within the academy, and to help make the academy a better place.
We are always looking for chances to create new opportunities for student leadership. Below is a list of some of our most common types of student leadership:
- Lead Learners – in all subjects, students from any year group can be given a special role to coach other students, to be an expert in a particular topic, to model how to do a task and much more.
- CLIFE Leaders – when our teachers plan their lessons, they think about CLIFE (Challenge, Literacy, Independence, Feedback and Engagement). We train students to observe learning taking place in lessons and to share their ideas for improving the learning environment.
- Literacy Champions – students undertake training to promote great reading and writing and work with other students to support and encourage them.
- Student Librarians – our Library is supported by students who help organise the shelves, check out books, run the ClassCharts shop and help other students to use the facilities.
- Young Interpreters – students who speak additional languages help support staff at parents evenings and events, acting as translators and supporting our EAL students.
- Digital Leaders – promote eSafety and help deliver content for Safer Internet Day each year.
- Sports Leaders – students take an active role in running extra curricular clubs and help coach at local primary schools.
- Tutor Captains and Family Captains – these students are elected democratically by their Tutor Groups and Families to help with jobs like reading out notices and checking their peers are ready for the day. Family Captains form the student council and support the Heads of Family with assemblies and rewards for students as well as playing a vital role in student voice.
- Interview panels – when we interview people who want to work at the academy, we ask groups of students to interview candidates too.
- Prefects – Years 9, 10 and 11 students represent the academy at various events and ceremonies as well as being actively involved in helping supervise during lunchtimes, supporting reception and student services, and getting involved with the student voice process and mentoring younger students. They are led by our Senior Prefects.
Getting your voice heard at Student Council
Our students have a unique perspective on how the academy runs and often have great ideas as to how to make things better. Our students work with academy staff to make improvements in the following ways:
Suggestion boxes / online form – all students can write suggestions and provide feedback for the Student Council to discuss.
Council meetings – Senior Prefects and Family Captains meet each half term to talk about the issues affecting them and ask questions directly to Senior Leadership Team.
Committees – we have several groups of students who discuss particular topics we want to improve.
Wellbeing Team – Our wellbeing team are trained by the Diana Award in Anti-Bullying. They also promote awareness on issues such as Mental Health and work closely with staff on initiatives such as safe spaces, mentoring, online tips and advice and they provide support to all students.
Diversity Champions – Students across the academy come together to promote awareness of LGBT+, Race, Disabilities, Gender and much more. Students are involved in training other students and staff to make our academy inclusive.
Eco Ambassadors – We are proud to have been awarded the Eco Schools Green Flag. Our students carry out Environmental reviews and promote awareness of eco issues ensuring all students play their part in making our academy ‘green’.