The Hazeley Academy Student Council
Our vision is for all students to be able to contribute towards the continuous improvement of the school community. We believe that it is important to allow our young people to have a real say in issues that affect them and to know that their opinions count. The Hazeley Student Council meets in their House groups and is a formal group of students who represent their tutor groups.
Why do we have a Student Council?
There are lots of reasons including improving many aspects of school life and give leadership and development opportunities for our students.
Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives. A school council can provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views considered in decisions which impact upon them.
Within the school curriculum, one of the key areas making up the ‘Learning for Life and Work’ theme is active participation. The curriculum requires that young people are provided with opportunities to participate in school and society. Our Student Council is an excellent way in which to increase participation, teaching young people about democracy, local and global citizenship, and accountability.
Student Council Role
We believe that our young people have unique perspectives on learning, teaching and school life, and we encourage students to think about how to use their understanding of human rights and responsibilities in practical ways to improve the school experience. The council gives them direct experience of debating and negotiating issues and seeing the 'bigger picture' of how the whole school is run.
The role of the council representatives is to:
- Listen to and feedback views from their tutor groups.
- Represent the ideas and views of their peers during Student Council meetings.
- Feedback key issues from these meetings to their tutor groups.
- Fundraising for the House charities including promoting non-uniform days.
Student Council meetings take place weekly in Houses in the library at form time. Other activities include meeting with our partner schools.