Democracy at work - across the School
If our students have any issues, such as how things are run at the School, they can raise them with our School Council. Made up of an elected representative from every class, plus our head boy and head girl, the council meets every half term. Representatives ask their classmates if they have anything they want to raise during form periods. If any issues need further student consideration, a debate is organised through the council.
Our School Student Council works with both that of our partner secondary school, Eggar's School, Student Council and with that of Treloar College. The College Student Council also puts forward the Student Governor to the Governing Board. Indeed many of our governors regularly attend both School and Student Councils.
The council is co-ordinated by our PSHE and Citizenship teacher and a member of the Leadership Team attends the meetings and ensures that the outcome of matters that need further investigation are brought back to the next meeting.
Other council bodies within the school include the Eco-Council which looks at the environmental and recycling aspects of student and school life.
"The student council is fully democratic, with hustings and manifestos that lead up to the elections. Council members help all pupils to have their say and participate in improving the school". OFSTED report, January 2018
Head Boy and Head Girl
Students in Years 9 and 10 can put themselves forward for election by the whole school during the summer term. This role is another channel of student communication into the headteacher's office, and also a civic role. The head girl and boy often help with welcoming visitors and with presentations. Posters are displayed and manifesto meetings are held after exams are over. The chairman of the School governing body acts as returning officer on election day. A deputy for each post is chosen at the same time.
Recent manifestos have ranged from 'I will represent your views', to 'Vote for me, I'm cool!' We are fortunate to have always had a good turnout for the poll. The successful candidates in recent years have represented their fellow students and the School with considerable aplomb.
Post 16 President and Vice President
Students in Post 16 Provision have the opportunity to stand for election by their classmates during the summer term. Like Head Boy and Head Girl, these roles are another channel of student communication into the headteacher's office, and also a civic role. They often help with welcoming visitors and with presentations.