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Pupil Voice

Aims and Objectives

As a school we believe it is very important that our students are not only responsible members of the school community but also active participants. This is important for their happiness, sense of wellbeing and the development of their character. Pupil Voice provides a valuable opportunity for our boys to engage with school life in a positive way, through having their feedback heard, leading their own initiatives and encouraging increased involvement in a wide variety of areas.

 

Our goals are as follows:

  • To give students an opportunity to have their ideas and feedback heard, and their questions answered
  • To encourage pupil participation – be part of the solution, not just complain about the problem
  • To give leadership opportunities in a range of areas of school life
  • To increase pupil participation in aspects of wider school organisation and their own areas of interest
  • To enable greater collaboration between us, the other foundation schools and the local community

The Pupil Voice Structure

Pupil Voice is led by a group of prefects who meet with Mrs Bradshaw (Head of Pupil Voice) every week. Each prefect has an area of responsibility and leads a subcommittee consisting of pupils from every year group. These are as follows:

  • Equality & Inclusivity
  • Charities and Fundraising
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Catering
  • Co-Curricular
  • Digital Leaders
  • Sixth Form
  • Green Team (Friday Afternoon Activity option)
Equality & Inclusivity 

This is a joint team with Kings High. The aim of the team is to run initiatives to improve equality and inclusivity in the school and ensure these are communicated to the pupil and staff bodies. This could mean discussing changes that you would like to see in the way in which we integrate different cultures, how we can integrate our two school communities better, and how we promote better a community spirit that rejects discrimination. You can expect to assist in the creation of assemblies but also drive forward your own ideas to make our school more inclusive.

You should have or be keen to develop the following:

  • A passion for inclusion and equality and an interest in developing this at Warwick School
  • Creative ideas
  • Confidence to speak in public and share your opinions
Charities and Fundraising 

The aim of the charities team is to organise whole school charity events and ensure these are communicated to the pupil and staff bodies effectively. This will include at least one major event per term.

You should have or be keen to develop the following:

  • Analysis, planning and research skills
  • An ability to influence others
  • A willingness to carry out a range of administrative and logistical duties (on top of schoolwork) such as collecting donations, putting up posters,
  • Public speaking – you may need to speak in your year assembly about charity events
  • Development of project management skills
Teaching & Learning 

The aim of the Teaching and Learning team is to support the senior leadership team in gathering feedback from students on academic matters. This may mean that you are involved in a variety of projects as and when they arise such as assisting in the creation of pupil surveys or being part of a pupil panel for the interview of new teachers.

Catering 

The catering team work closely with the Head Chef and Director of Food Operations to report pupil feedback on menus and food quality. This involves surveying students for feedback and relaying the outcomes in our half-termly meetings. Members of the catering subcommittee are also responsible for developing new initiatives with the catering team such as the ‘Pupils Choice’ meal and themed dining events.

You should have or be keen to develop the following:

  • A passion for food!
  • Good listening skills
  • Public speaking – you may need to speak in your year assembly to relay feedback from pupils and the catering department
  • Creative ideas about how we can improve our dining experience
Digital Leaders 

This will be a joint team with King's High School. We are looking for individuals with excellent IT skills to create a team of ‘iChampions’. These individuals will work together to man a weekly drop in help clinic for students to help and train them for better IT competency. This will mean training your peers to keep them up-to-date with new features in Teams/OneNote etc, but also to develop specific skills perhaps using animation software. In addition the team will work with our IT staff to help design a Foundation wide IT proficiency scheme.

 

You should have or be keen to develop the following:

  • Excellent IT skills and the confidence to develop new skills
  • Good listening skills and interpersonal skills
  • A desire to help others
  • Presentation and public speaking skills so that you can show and demonstrate to others new skills or IT competencies that you would like to share
Co-Curricular

The aim of the Co-curricular team is to support the senior leadership team in gathering feedback from students on co-curricular matters. This may mean that you are involved in a variety of projects as and when they arise such as assisting in the creation of pupil surveys or taking a leadership role in an event. The co-curricular team will ideally be composed of boys who are active participants in many areas of the school's co-curricular programme eg: sport, drama, music, CCF, debating, house events to name but a few.

Sixth Form

This will be a joint team with King's High School that aims to build cohesion within the sixth form so that the shared space and experience can be enjoyed by all. You must be in the sixth form to join this team. The sixth form team will be responsible for communicating the existing code of conduct to their peers and reviewing this as appropriate, maintaining a high quality of environment in the Sixth Form Centre, leading and preparing assemblies on appropriate topics and assisting in overseeing and organising the yearbook.

The subcommittee groups meet on a regular basis to discuss matters arising in their area of interest plus initiatives and projects that they wish to lead.

Examples:

The Teaching and Learning Committee have aided in the recruitment of new staff through acting as a pupil interview panel and worked with the Deputy Head in discussions regarding internal assessments for centre assessed grades.

The Charities committee have arranged the collection of food donations from every form at Christmas on behalf of the Warwick District Foodbank

The Catering team have led large scale surveys regarding catering and met with the Head Chef on a regular basis to feedback the opinions of students about our current menus.

The Green Team have helped to win the school a Green Flag Award and pioneered a referendum for a meat free day at school – this was a success and has been adopted by the catering department.

The possibilities for future projects are wide-ranging and we want our pupils to be ambitious with their initiatives and ideas. Above all we hope that through the Pupil Voice system we can engender a sense of involvement, community and collaboration between staff and pupils.

Getting involved

Pupils who would like to volunteer for any of the Pupil Voice committees are encouraged to put themselves forward. Elections may follow if roles are over-subscribed, however any willing volunteers will always be welcomed.

For further information please contact Mrs Bradshaw a.bradshaw@warwickschool.org