The Student Council is the body of 14 students who represent their college, both in terms of acting as the ‘Student Voice’ for their Year Group, and at important events such as Open Evenings and Presentations within college and events in the Community. In addition to this role, another important role of the Council is to decide on charities for the year and directing fund raising efforts such as Non-Uniform Day.
The Student Council is formed from 2 representatives from each year group in college through from Year 7 to Year 13. The agenda and discussions are fed by Year group meetings of P&A representatives from each P&A group led by the Assistant Cross Curriculum Team Leader. Over the year, the cycle of student voice works by setting an agenda every half term, discussing this at Year group level and then bringing the discussion to a full Student Council Meeting of the 14 members. After this meeting the two Chairs of the Student Council, who are normally in Year 13 take the minutes to the Leadership team for discussion in order to affect change and policy making.
Items on the Student Council agenda have included:
- Interviewing and helping to appoint the new Principal
- Organising and coordinating the Year Groups’ goodbye to Mr Gregory
- Teaching and Learning Partnership – how Student Voice could impact on this
- Consultation on our Post 16 facilities
- Images and photography for the College’s new Brochure
- The planning, promotion and evaluation of the College’s first Charity Week 2014
- Fundraising including the sale of poppies to support the Royal British Legion
- Student Leadership and how this can be developed at Minsthorpe (The Schools’ University)
- The themes for our ‘In the Spirit of Things’ for the next academic year
- Numerous items of AOB as brought up by students!
Being a member of the Student Council is a privilege and an honour, and we hugely value the work of these students who contribute invaluable ideas, working with staff to move our college forward.