We believe that our pupils should have a say in making decisions in our academy. As a Rights Respecting School all pupils have the right to have their opinion heard and have a say in their learning, health and wellbeing. The following pupil voice opportunities take place within our Academy:
Elections for the Steering Group are held every October. Candidates must deliver a speech in front of the whole academy to say why they would be an effective Rights Champion. Members are then selected via a secret ballot in which all pupils vote.
The ‘Rights champions’ represent their year groups or their pupil leadership group, for example Playground friends. They work to ensure pupil’s opinions are taken into account and their ideas are listened to. They act as rights experts and plan events and assemblies throughout the year. They meet on a weekly basis with Miss Harding.
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.
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.