Those pupils who effectively demonstrate our STAR values and behaviours and play an integral and positive role in the Academy community will have the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills by becoming an Academy Leader. Such pupils are expected to embody our mission of educational excellence, character development and service to communities through a commitment to excelling in their studies and helping others in their spare time, conducting themselves with integrity and being respectful to everyone they encounter. They will be willing to go the extra mile in terms of helping staff and supporting their fellow pupils, and behave impeccably both in and outside of the Academy.
Our Academy has a vibrant Pupil Council, which gives pupils the opportunity to be actively involved in the leadership and management of the Academy. Pupils from Reception-Year 6 are elected by their peers to represent their opinions and raise issues with our Principal and governors in the school. The Pupil Council can take forward projects on behalf of pupils, and be involved in planning charity events in school and working with parents.
The Pupil Council provides a democratic forum where pupils can address Academy-related issues that affect their lives, ensuring open lines of communication between pupils and Academy staff.
To be effective, the Pupil Council must:
- Represent all pupils and include as many people as possible
- Take time to listen to all pupils and communicate their views
- Provide feedback to pupils about how their views will be addressed
- Make things happen – or explain why they can’t
In doing so, pupils develop an understanding of the importance of freedom of speech and democracy, learning how to effect change in a constructive way. They develop a greater understanding of their rights and responsibilities, and are able to address and debate issues of concern with staff. The Pupil Council gives all pupils a much-needed “voice,” ensuring that they become partners in their own education and are given a say in terms of how they learn and achieve.