At the start of each academic year, School Representatives are elected in each form in Years 7 to 11. Their role is to represent the tutor group, year group, key stage and whole student body. They have the opportunity to work with their Head of Key Stage in actively shaping and contributing to the tutorial programme. They also play a key role in planning and managing school events and and gathering views so they can represent their peers at School Council meetings.
In the Sixth Form, students are all encouraged to take on a range of leadership roles and responsibilities within the school. As well as representing the views, interests and aspirations of the student body, they have the opportunity to support younger students, organise and manage whole school events, support departments., lead societies, and much more. The Head Prefect Team lead their peers, contribute to the development of the school, support younger students and run the School Council. The whole Sixth Form contributes greatly to the smooth running of the school, running clubs and helping with Music, Drama, Sports and charitable events. This is valued enormously by the school community.
The School Council comprises the Head Prefect Team, School Representatives from Years 7 – 13 and members of staff. Topics are discussed within all forms throughout the school and the representatives take the ideas to the School Council, and then disseminate feedback afterwards. Topics discussed over the years have included Refurbishing the school library and how to promote reading across the school, Use of Social Media, Mental Health, Building Character, Charity & Community, Developing Resilience, Opportunities for Vertical Interactions across year groups, and How to eliminate single-use plastic in school. As well as Whole School Council Meetings there are also half termly Key Stage Council Meetings in Key Stages 3 and 4, and regular Prefect Meetings for the Sixth Form.
Sixth Form Societies
In addition to taking part in clubs and societies run by teachers, the Sixth Formers have the opportunity to set up and run their own societies for younger students. Over recent years this has included a Japanese Club, Greek Club and Current Affairs society which runs a programme of lunchtime speakers which in recent years has included: Lucy Ann Holmes (NMP3 Campaign), Nick Pickles (Director of Big Brother Watch), Stephen Pound (MP and Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland), Tulip Siddiq (Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn), Jean Lambert (Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London), Romola Garai (Actress & Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign), Melissa Benn (Writer and Campaigner), Drewery Dyke (NG), Amnesty International), Natalie Bennett (Leader, Green Party), Lynn Featherstone (then Liberal Democrat MP and Home Office minister), Caroline Cruado-Perez (feminist activist). Members of the Sixth Form also introduced a series called “Women who Wow”, which included speakers such as Laura Kuenssberg (BBC Politics), Cathy Newman (Channel 4 news), and our own former student Amika George (founder of the Period Poverty campaign that has resulted in the government agreeing to put free period products into all schools!)