We believe that our pupils should have a say in making decisions in our academy. We encourage and give pupils as many opportunities as possible to have their voices heard. These include:
Our Academy Council is made up of representatives from each class who were elected by their classmates. They were elected to be the voice of all our pupils and to be part of our academy decision making process. The council meets at lunchtime once a week with a teacher. Council members are expected to represent their classes and share their opinions and ideas to help make our academy the very best it can be.
Elections for the Academy Council are held every November. Candidates must deliver a speech in front of the whole academy to say why they would be an effective Academy Council member. Members are then selected via a secret ballot in which all pupils vote.
Every term pupils are asked to complete questionnaires about how they feel about our academy. At the bottom of the questionnaires we ask our pupils to list 3 things that would make our school a better place.
In the summer term 2015 a large number of pupils told us that they would like some changes to the dinner hour. As a result of this we have employed more lunchtime supervisors to ensure the smooth running of the dinner hour and we are currently trialling moving some classes into our main hall to ease congestion. We are also working closely with the pupil council to discuss ideas such as changing the plastic trays that children currently eat off.
The latest results of the pupil questionnaire were very positive, with 99% of pupils agreeing that our school is a safe, fun and exciting place to learn. Fantastic!
Pupils worked together in a Newspaper Day last year where they had the chance to produce a ‘real’ newspaper with the University of Lincoln. With the help of local journalists and students studying journalism, pupils collected information, interviewed teachers and even held a press conference with Miss Nolan to ask questions and find out her thoughts on the news stories they were creating. Our pupils worked really hard and the finished paper was fantastic. We intend to produce a pupil newspaper twice a year from now on. The next addition will be published at the end of November.
This term we will be selecting our Pupil Learning Council (PLC). Our PLC will ensure that pupils’ voices are heard. We believe that pupils are the experts about how they learn best! 20 members from year 2 to year 6 will be selected. Children have been writing letters of application and will be interviewed. Our Pupil Learning Council aims to improve teaching for learning for all at Ormiston South Parade Academy.