Student Voice lies at the very heart of everything we do and has a long and well-established practice at Wildern School. It makes a significant impact on how the school develops and grows. It empowers young people by giving them the opportunity to have their say on school life and make a real and valued difference to the wider life of the school and our local community. Our student voice program permeates through school life, from Voting Voice sessions during tutor time to the many Focus groups students can be part of. Students Voice also plays a key part in contributing to our Rights Respecting School ethos, of which we are extremely proud to be a Level 2 UNICEF Accredited school.
There are various aspects to this work which includes:
• Summit – this group consists of our Head Boy, Head Girl & their two deputies along with two representatives from each Focus Group, one from KS3 and one from KS4. They meet half termly with SLT in order to feedback the work of the Focus groups
• Student Observers of Learning (SOLs) – these are trained classroom observers who offer observations to newly qualified and new members of staff as CPD, giving invaluable student perspective feedback on the lesson. The SOLs are also heavily involved in the interview process for new staff.
• Students as Evaluators – a group of students working in departments to help review schemes of work and assessments and provide valuable feedback to staff to support the planning of high quality teaching and learning
• Caring Helping Understanding Mentors (CHUMs) – students who are trained to support younger students and their transition to secondary school. They also run the Big Room once a week to provide a space for students to meet new people
• Focus Groups – These are groups set up to lead and develop a particular aspect of school improvement. There are 6 groups including; Eco, Community, RRS, Mind Body and Soul, New Techs, Careers and E-Safety. Projects have included the Rotary Shoe Box Appeal, Wellbeing Week, fundraising for Comic Relief, cyber bullying week and so much more!
• Prefects – Selected Year 11 students comprising Head Boy/Girl and deputies, senior prefects and prefects
• Voting Voice – This is a fortnightly tutor time activity in which the entire school debate and vote on a relevant topic