At Kingsmead, we value the voice of our students more than any other. That’s why we have several ways in which students can be heard and be a part of how the school develops.
The Student Council is formed with a two tier system. The council is made up of 24 students and has representatives from all 6 Houses. Every form elects two representatives that are part of their year council. At half-termly meetings the students discuss an agenda around current issues ranging from learning, facilities and extra-curricular events. The minutes and actions from these meetings are then fed into the School Council, where two representatives from each year council attend a meeting chaired by the Head Boy and Head Girl. These meetings often have a wider school focus and the minutes are shared with the school’s leadership team. The Student Council has played an important role in the development of the new knowledge planner, school catering and activity week. Invitations to members of the school staff and Governing body have allowed the School Council to ask questions and better understand issues that are important to students.
Students can also be leaders at Kingsmead through the voluntary student leader group. This year over 40 students have put themselves forward as wanting to support Kingsmead in its continual improvement. This group of students have arranged charity events, established a PRIDE group to support our LGBTQ students, trialled new learning software and formed a team of ‘lead learners’ who are helping develop the teaching and learning at Kingsmead.
In addition to their work in school this year our council members and student leaders have also had the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court. This helped students to gain a better understanding of our nation’s leadership and law making. They also received a personal visit by Amanda Milling MP where they gained first-hand knowledge of representing their peers and were able to put to her some challenging questions about local, national and educational issues. We look forward to repeating these experiences and bringing new activities for our student leaders as the programme develops.