Student Voice

Year 11

Raynes Park High School has an active student leadership body and has recently introduced a Year 11 Prefect Team. Head Boy and Head Girl, vice Head Boy and Head Girl along with the Prefect Team from Year 11 are elected democratically through a whole school vote at the start of each year.

In addition to this, our pastoral house system consists of House Leaders and representatives across all year groups selected and voted by their Head of House and house members.

Student Cabinet

At Raynes Park High School we foster student voice and student leadership through developing a team of students that form our Student Cabinet. This is a group of 22 students including members of the Prefect Team in Year 11 and the House Leaders. This gives a representative voice from across all of the year groups. The Cabinet meets half termly to discuss various issues and listen to the wider school community views before taking the suggestions for school improvement to the Senior Leadership Team.

In addition, the Prefect Team and the House Leaders have a visible role around the school and assist in break duties, school events as ambassadors, and have numerous roles supporting teachers around the school.

Sixth Form

The sixth form also has an active Student Leadership Team and the elected leaders participate in 6th form events and demonstrate leadership skills at a range of events including electing a prom committee to assist in the organisation of the 6th form prom.

The role and positive impact

The role of the Student Cabinet and various student leadership positions empowers students to work in partnership with staff towards shared goals. It enables creativity to flourish so that a school community benefits from the wealth of experiences, ideas, skills and sense of fun that students bring.

Being a member of the Student Cabinet and having a student leadership position provides opportunities for students to develop a range of skills through a variety of inspiring, challenging and valued projects which impact positively on learning, teaching and well-being for both students and staff.

A student leadership role helps to inspire and prepare students for further education and for achieving personal and professional excellence in life after formal education by being involved in democracy from a school wide level.

Recent topics discussed include:

  • Student ideas for school improvement
  • Punctuality Policy Review
  • Behaviour Policy Review
  • Merton Leadership opportunities
  • Transport to and from school
  • Local democracy

 

Sarah Audley

Head of Social Sciences

 

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