The purpose of the student council is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership by organising 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.
A Student Council is a group of elected, volunteer students working together with members of staff to provide a means for student expression and assistance in school affairs and activities, it gives opportunities for student experience in leadership and encourage student/staff/community relations.
Through projects and activities, student councils work to:
PROMOTE CITIZENSHIP – integrity, respect, responsibility, understanding, tolerance and inclusion
PROMOTE SCHOLARSHIP – success in your academic studies, learning at a high level
PROMOTE LEADERSHIP – effective communication, positive attitudes, achieving goals, leading
PROMOTE HUMAN RELATIONS – giving people your time, develop relationships, celebrate differences
PROMOTE CULTURAL VALUES – morals, rules, values, beliefs, customs and traditions
Soft skills are one of the most valuable skills you can develop, especially if you choose to go to university. Student council gives you the opportunity to foster skills like leadership, communication, teamwork, organisation and public speaking – all of which you need in university and throughout life. Not only do these skills help you in class but they’re also extremely valuable when applying for jobs or other opportunities.
Student council also gives you the opportunity to focus on yourself. You get to decide how you choose to present yourself, what passions you wish to explore, what kind of leadership style you prefer, and learn what kind of university program or career you think you might enjoy.
A student council position looks great on your C.V. It shows employers and universities that you’re passionate and take initiative
Another great benefit of student council is that you’re gaining relevant experience. A lot of the organising and event planning you do with student council are things you will encounter many times throughout university and your career.
You’ll meet different people with different sets of skills and opinions. You’ll learn how to effectively work with others and use empathy to guide you in your decision making. This is what networking is all about – sharing your thoughts and opinions and learning from others.
Students in KS3, 4 and 5 will apply to be a part of the student council which will have a more streamlined focus on key areas of the school:
Celebration and rewards – support and contribute to whole academy reward systems, celebration assemblies, supporting reward trips/visits, collecting and analysing student voice in this area.
Environment – promote a positive learning environment for students, supporting new starters, developing a welcoming environment for visitors, developing a positive relationship with the local community.
Events – supporting with whole school events, such as open evenings/recruitment events, sports day, proms, organising roles and responsibilities during the events.
Experience – supporting adults in the academy in promoting and organising extra-curricular and enrichment activities. Actively support awareness and charity events, support and promoting fundraising.
Inclusion and support – supporting other students in the academy who may experience bullying/mental health issues or concerns, attending training to support in these roles, working with vulnerable and SEND students, support staff during break and lunchtimes duties.
Teaching and Learning – Support staff recruitment process, such as completing tours of the academy and being involved in student panels during interviews. Promoting and encouraging attendance to specific enrichment activities which support academic success. Be involved in reviews of teaching and learning, attend meetings with curriculum leaders to provide feedback. Support new staff/supply staff in the academy, helping to direct to areas of the school etc.
The students will apply, based on areas they feel particularly passionate about, we will meet regularly throughout each term, where students will bring their ideas and the work they have done to improve their designated area, constantly reviewing and analysing the work they are involved in.