We formed last year, and now have 48 members in total. It wasn’t just a case of choosing students at random; there was a job description, with roles and responsibilities to consider. After that, there was an application process, where we had to state our ideas and intentions as school council members, if successful.
The Head Boy and girl went through a far more gruelling process, though, which included a formal interview with two members of the Senior Leadership Team. They were selected from a shortlist of candidates and they even wore professional clothes to give show their commitment to the role.
Since then, we have held fortnightly council meetings, where we have discussed everything from our ethos to our roles and responsibilities within the school. So far, we have allocated different jobs to specific members of the council. We have a treasurer, who is in charge of our budget. Two secretaries, who have already taken minutes and are receiving professional training from a member of the admin staff. We also have a research and development team and a publicity and marketing team.
Our ethos has been developed from the RRMA name. We see our role as being about respect, responsibility, management and aspirations. We show our respect for pupils and teachers alike, acting on pupils’ behalf, working in a proactive and positive way with teachers. We have a responsibility to all pupils, to make sure our voice is heard in our academy.
We manage our time effectively, to ensure we are equally representing all pupils across all year groups by attending regular meetings, and by celebrating and publicising our success. We have high aspirations for all pupils. We demonstrate this in our own behaviour and show our commitment to the academy’s development, believing in effort and individual growth as well as achievement.
We now have a permanent base in school and focus groups working on various projects. Recent successes have included creating a year 11 study and social area, devising and presenting a whole school reward system which we shared with each year group in assembly, funding new rugby kits for our school team and some of us have even been to the Civic Centre to meet the Mayor. We have also shown potential new members of staff around the academy and some of us have formed student voice panels, which contribute to the interview process.
We hope to be able to attend national conferences on anything from anti-bullying to peer-mentoring, so that our work is effective and benefits the whole of the academy. We hope to build a great school council family and take part in team-building trips or residential