“Pupils are polite, friendly and continue to behave very well in lessons and around the school site. They value their learning and play a full part in lessons. The pupils and sixth formers spoken to during the visit were keen to share how much they appreciate the support and help that their teachers give them. Although this is a large school, it does not feel like one”. (Ofsted, march 2016)
Oriel High School has an effective and hard working Student Voice led by a dedicated Student Headship Team. This team of six students, including a head boy and head girl, are appointed following an application and interview process by the headteacher and they represent the students of the school both to the SLT of the school and in formal engagements outside of school.
Thie Student Headship Team work closely with an Assistant Headteacher to determine areas of priority for development within the student population and these are then discussed in detail by the Student Council. The Student Council is made up of the Head Boy and Head Girl and two elected representatives from each Learning Community. This group then determine how best to consult with the student population in general and also to feed any concerns or issues back to the Student Headship Team.
Head Girl and Head Boy for 2018-19 are: Jessica Lister & James Meekin
Their deputies are:
Zarah Shamim, Emma Simmons, Frankie Phillips & Daniel Clark
Every mentor group elects two students to be the channel of communication between the student population as a whole and the Student Council. They meet in their Learning Community every half term in meetings led by their elected representatives, and a deputy head boy/girl.
This system enables all students to have a clear voice in consultations about whole school issues initiated by the Student Headship Team. It also ensures that the lines of communication are a two way process; Mentor Group discussions can result in important issues being raised quickly with the Student Council and the Student Headship Team and, where appropriate, brought to the attention of the SLT of the School.