Working in partnership with our students is very important to us as we are all part of the same Learning Community.
We seek students’ views regularly and listen to what our students tell us as we plan how to move the school forward. Examples of student voice in the school include:
This is a group of students who meet to discuss a range of issues relating to aspects of school life with a view to making recommendations for improvement. Each Tutor Group has at least one representative who liaises with their group as a conduit for information. Presentations are also made by the Senate is assemblies.
Student Heads of House (one for each of the 4 Houses) selected from Y.11. They perform a number of duties including acting as ambassadors for the school, meeting and showing visitors round. They have a leading role in chairing the school council. They help the Heads of House in organising and running activities in tutor time and maintaining the House Ethos through organising charity events and competitions with the help of the Family Tutors and Heads of House.
Each Family Tutor Group then has a lead student or “House Captain”. Students are asked in advance if they would like to be considered for these roles. They go through a formal application process and staff and tutors are asked to vote as to their suitability. The Captains have Hoodies in the colour of their house so they are easily distinguishable. Their role is to support the Family Tutors in running the Family Tutor Group and in organising and running activities in tutor time and maintaining the House Ethos through organising charity events and competitions with the help of the Family Tutors.
Lower School Reps
Lower school students need to cover the following roles: House Council Reps, Charity Reps, Sports Reps – one of each House, Entertainment Reps (other)– this would mean all students were expected to take on a role.
Student Voice Surveys
As you are aware, we currently use an external company called Kirkland Rowell to complete our large student and parent surveys. This years student survey results are in this student section of the website. Thank you to the many contributors.
We also use Survey Monkey every term to get your opinions as to what you think of your lessons. The link for the latest survey is found below. If you can, please spend a few minutes to complete it. Question 26 is very useful as it gives us an ‘Even Better If (EBI)’ answer to your experiences in the classrooms. Please be as constructive as you can as this way we may be able to use your thoughts and opinions to alter your learning experiences. What will help you develop your learning even further?
On a termly basis, we meet with a focus group from each department to investigate student views about teaching and learning across the school; how successful their learning is, what is best about the subjects and what improvements they would like to see. These views are incorporated into our feedback to each department and are used to shape action planning for the coming term.