School Council is a very important part of pupil voice and is not just an add on but an integral part of the working of our school, where all students have a way to have their voice heard through their school council representative. The projects that our students undertake also play a big part in raising achievement and standards across the school.
At the beginning of the school year each Tutor group votes for their school council representative. Then they are divided into four groups, Teaching and Learning, Eco Schools, Community, and Publicity.
Teaching and Learning is about raising standards in the classroom giving students opportunities to take part in in-service staff training, conferences and other learning events working collaboratively with teachers.
Eco Schools is about achieving Green Flag status and students are actively involved with the organisation ‘Groundworkorg’, sustainable development conferences, giving assemblies on green issues, planning and implementing switch off events.
Community is a pupil voice opportunity for students to let the Senior Leadership Team know about students’ ideas and concerns, to make key changes for the better to our school. They are involved in key decision making activities e.g. uniform, St. Gregory’s restaurant, around school etc.
Publicity group advertise what school council are doing through web site, newsletter, assemblies, and carry out fundraising activities.
Students are welcome to attend more than one group. There are also regular whole school council meetings so that key information is shared and passed back to students in Tutor groups.
UK Youth Parliament
Students have an opportunity to put themselves forward for this exciting role. Elections take place in December. The successful candidate attends meetings, public events which will reflect young people’s political concerns in Oxfordshire. To date two of our candidates have been appointed Deputy of UK YP.