At Hampton High, we are committed to building a school community that the students can be proud of and feel valued. We want to hear the concerns, opinions and ideas of our student body in order to make the school a better learning environment for them. This is why the Student Voice committee and the Student Council are so highly valued by both teachers and students.
At the start of the academic year, students are invited to apply for Student Voice: a community of students who meet at regular intervals with their Head of Year to discuss areas that the school might be looking to improve. Representatives of the Student Voice are also allocated to specific focus areas led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team. These include: Grounds and Facilities; Behaviour and Safety; Learning and Engagement; Student Welfare and Charity and Community. At the end of the half-term, all the members of the Student Council meet to feed back on their discussions and decide upon actions going forward. In order to affect change, the students have to discuss, strategise and really consider just how these ideas could be actioned for the benefit of the whole school.
Student Voice and Student Council enables students to act as ambassadors of their base group and encourage them to feel like they can make a difference. One of our Year 10 representative summed it up perfectly: ‘It is a lot of responsibility, but we can take part in influencing decisions made within the school’. And that is what matters: we want students to feel empowered and have the opportunity to collaborate with the staff and have a say in the way that their school develops.