Our Student Council are active campaigners for school improvement. The council has made a concerted effort to gather student views across the school about a variety of issues and they have then taken action to ensure success and outcomes that has improved the school experience for particularly our most vulnerable pupils. The school council has managed to secure outcomes that have had a positive impact on the school community - for example increased counsellor time, drop in for young carers, anti-bullying campaigns and lowering prices and improving the quality in the refectory.
The Student Council gives up much of their own time to meet to discuss actions to improve the experience of students at our school. They have also given up their time to ensure that they have consulted the whole student body to make sure that they speak on behalf of everyone. The group is driven and is not content with just discussion – they want to see real results and real impact. They have been involved in charitable efforts in the community; they have been instrumental in securing a national anti-bullying award for the school, in addition to some in-house success that has enabled our students to feel more safe, supported and happy in school. The Student Council has also been engaged with the local MP and councillors to discuss their work inside school and how they feel that this has improved the school experience of others.
What has our Student Council achieved?
Other students in our school have confidence in our Student Council as they have been able to secure visible victories and have been able to demonstrate real outcomes/action/impact. For example by working to increase counsellor time available and access to the police and Signpost Young Carers this has enabled a significant number of young people to deal with some very difficult home circumstances more effectively with the correct support. Their ideas have been shared with other schools and therefore we believe have had an immeasurable impact across other providers.
In addition to working to improve the school, our Student Council is also engaged in shaping the future of Greater Manchester. The group is actively involved in the Reclaim Powerhouse Pioneers project, which - among other aims - promotes diversity and equality across society.
What sort of person makes a good Student Councillor?
Student Council members are role models not only to other students in school with regards to their sensible, balanced attitude but also our staff in the way that they work so hard and give up their time to ensure that the school is a better place for everyone. They are diligent and focused and they want to achieve real change. They are excited to do so – they do not do any of this for themselves but genuinely want to improve the Academy for all of its current students and any that may attend in the future.