Student Voice


Overview

The Student Voice at Heartlands Academy uses a student perspective to enhance the quality of life of our students and staff and ensures that students' opinions are considered in the day-to-day teaching, administration and future plans of the academy.


Student Voice aims to:

  • Represent the views of students within the academy.
  • Create an opportunity to participate in real decision-making.
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop their skills and confidence.
  • Introduce and develop initiatives which promote 'Student Voice' across the school.
  • Communicate the Student Voice work clearly to students, staff, governors and the wider school community by utilising a variety of contemporary and traditional media.

Constitution of the Student Voice


1. Name

Heartlands Academy Student Voice (HASC), will be referred to in the constitution as the ‘School Council’.


2. Objectives of the Council

The Council exists to:

  • Represent the views of all students to staff
  • Improve the environment in which all pupils learn, work and play
  • Develop social skills in all students by sharing responsibilities with staff or other relevant persons/organisations

3. Aims of the Council

The Council exists to:

  • Allow students the opportunity to share/air there views and opinions regarding decisions that affects them
  • Encourage students from all year groups to work together to maintain harmony within the school environment
  • Engage students in the decision making process
  • Develop leaders

4. Membership of the Council

The School Council is divided into two areas, known as ‘Year Council’ and ‘Student Council’.

  • Year Council
This consist of two students from each tutor group - one boy and one girl. There duties will be to:
    • Represent the views, opinions and interest of their tutor group.
    • Actively participate in all discussions.
    • Meet formally with other student representatives of their year group and decide ways of consulting with the rest the student in the year group.
    • Report to their tutor group the views and opinions expressed within the Year Council meetings.
  • Student Council

This consist of two students from each year group - one boy and one girl. Their duties will be to:

    • Represent the views, opinions and interest of their year group.
    • Actively participate in all discussions.
    • Meet formally with other student representatives of all the year groups and decide ways of consulting with the rest the student in the school.
    • Report to the members of the year council views and opinions expressed within the Student Council meetings.

5. Officers of the Council

The officers of the school council include a chair, a vice-chair, secretary and a vice secretary

Roles of the Officer:

  • Chairman
    • Is to chair and control school led meetings ensuring that everyone has equal chance to give their opinions and also to take overall and full responsibilities for the School Council. The Chairman must represent the School Council on appropriate occasions.
  • Vice-Chairman
    • Is to assist the Chairman in the execution of their responsibilities and to cover in case of absence.
  • Secretary
    • Is to keep an accurate record of the proceedings of the school council and to undertake all administration duties including registration and distribution of information.
  • Vice Secretary
    • Is to perform the functions of the Secretary when the Secretary is absent. Also to assist in general duties of the Secretary and School Council Officer.

6. Election of Officers

  • Elections will take place annually. Details to be published in the school calendar.

7. Management

  • The Student Council may refer duties to the Year Councillors if necessary. Such duties will require periodically reports on proceedings in order for the Student Council to conduct their business in accordance with any direction which the Student Council may be given.

Student Council Officer
↑ ↓
Year Council Officer
↑ ↓
Students/staff


8. Meetings

  • Year Council
    • Meet once a week
  • Student Council
    • Meet every half-term – There can be additional meetings if required

Voices from Students

“For me, having been given this opportunity to involved in Student Voice has meant gaining new skills such as working as part of a team, leading a group with new ideas and building self-confidence. Learning from my experiences has helped me become bigger, better and stronger.”

Aisha - Year 8 Student Voice

“From my perspective, Student Voice is a place where your voice is heard no who you are. A place where your opinion matters.”

Siham - Year 9 Student Voice

“Student voice has helped me build my confidence in talking to different people. As well as developing m teamwork skills. I feel as though I can develop ideas more effectively and how they can help with the environment around us.”

Jodie - Year 9 Student Voice

“I have enjoyed being a Student Voice member as well as turning into a role model for the school, my friends and other people. I have experienced many different things through my Student Voice career, such as working with people I don’t normally work with, making presentations for all the year groups. This gave me courage to be able to speak in front of older students and staff. Moreover, the most important thing was that I helped many students.”

Rezan - Year 7 Student Voice

“Being at Student Voice has opened a world of opportunities for me, I get to change things around the school that I see all the time. I also help out at fetes and events, It also helps me to become a better person, a better leader and more comfortable handling responsibilities.”

Aisha - Year 8 Student Voice

“For me, having been given this opportunity to involved in Student Voice has meant gaining new skills such as working as part of a team, leading a group with new ideas and building self-confidence. Learning from my experiences has helped me become bigger, better and stronger.”

Haroon - Year 7 Student Voice

“By being involved in Student Voice this year, I was able to improve my leadership skills and be able to confidently project my ideas to the group. Student voice has helped me to get ideas from students who want to make changes for the better around the academy.”

Areeba - Year 9 Student Voice

“Being in Student Voice enables you to showcase your maturity, leadership skills and responsibility as you tackle concerns from you year group and the academy in general. You are provided with unique opportunities in which your opinion is pivotal and you alongside others decide what happens and what doesn’t. In addition, you get to organise events, visit other academies and primary schools and participate in many exciting activities. Mr Levy is the head of Student Voice who is there to help nurture us into mature, independent young adults. My advice is if you ever get the opportunity to be in Student Voice don’t let it slip through your fingers!”

Simrah - Vice Head of Student Voice and Year 8 students