St George’s Academy Council is the forum for our Student Voice on both the Sleaford and Ruskington site Year 7-13. The main body, the Academy Council holds meetings on a fortnightly basis in the Chairman of the Governor’s meeting room at the Sleaford campus. The Council invites three representatives from Years 7 through to the sixth Form at Sleaford, the Chairperson of the sixth Form Council, Year Council mentors, and three representatives from the Ruskington campus to attend.
Meetings are jointly chaired by Ben Pearson (Year 13) and Elise Hatton (Year 12). Minutes are distributed to all form tutors, the Senior Management Team and Council reps. The 6th form team also provide representatives to sit on the council and guide discussions where required with reference to own experiences at the Academy. They collectively guide its work with co-ordination by Vice Principal Mrs J. Steward.
Each Year Council consists of twenty democratically elected representatives, of which three then take the topics discussed to the next Academy Council meeting. Any news or decisions are then conveyed back to their next Year Council meeting. Requests that require Senior Management approval are taken by the Chairperson to the Principal in a meeting once every term.
The Academy Council contributes to the consultation process of all major decisions on the future of the Academy, being involved in shaping the look of the designs for the new buildings and making critical decisions on mentoring schemes within the Sixth Form.
Changes to uniform, introducing new systems such as our STRIVE card and suggesting additional topics they wish to learn more about in Life Skills lessons such as Positive Mental Health and Internet Safety. It is the aim for the academic year 2019/20 to become an even more effective Student Voice system by: setting up our own environmental council; maintaining a prominent feature within the community with our charity work and Youth Council links; encouraging our students to voice their opinions within our Student News programme; and looking towards what additional mentoring and intervention can be provided for KS4 students. We aim to maintain the existing successful aspects, including student involvement in new staff interviews and playing a direct role in Teaching and Learning discussions with Vice Principal Mr R Freeman.
Elise Hatton & Ben Pearson
Co-Chair, Academy Council of St George's Academy