The Student and House Councils are an integral aspect of school life as they provide the opportunity for students from all year groups to work in partnership with school management, staff and parents on a wide range of issues.
The Student Council
Students meet every half term to discuss and share ideas in an atmosphere of mutual respect and regard for each other’s views. Debate is lively and energetic and our Student Chairperson manages this with skill to ensure decisions are reached. A member of the Senior Leadership Team co-ordinates the work of the Student Council and is the link between the council and Senior Leadership Team.
In order to gain a position on the Student Council, Year 7 students submit a written application and then attend an interview with council members and a member of the Senior Management Team. If successful, students join the team and remain a member of the council for the duration of their time at The Beacon School.
The House Council is a further opportunity for students to share views and opinions on many aspects of school life.
At the start of the academic year, two students are elected from each Tutor Group to represent the views of their peers at the half-termly House Council meetings. Meetings are co-ordinated by the Director of the House System and the meetings themselves are chaired by the House Officials.
At The Beacon School, we are fully committed to ensuring out Student Voice is heard with the opportunity to effect change and further school development.
Year 10 pupils can apply to be Year 11 mentors for new Year 7 pupils. This is a very high profile role, beginning with the Year 6 pupils’ induction programme and then working with individual pupils and whole form groups to ensure all new pupils have a smooth transition from primary school to The Beacon School.
Pupils from all year groups support the school at open evenings by acting as guides, showing visitors around the school and talking about their experiences at The Beacon School.
Every day two Year 8 students are given the opportunity to use their organisational skills and knowledge of the school when they are invited to assist the Main Office team as Student Receptionists for the morning. Their duties include taking messages and parcels to staff and students around school and assisting the administration team with tasks throughout the morning. Their assistance is vital to the smooth running of the School, and their hard work is recognised with the awarding of VIVOs.
At the start of the academic year, two students are elected from each Tutor Group to act as a link between their Tutor Group and the PE department. They are responsible for organising teams to play in inter-form events, and to coordinate their Tutor Group during Sport Day. They also represent the views of their Tutor Group regarding current and future sporting events at The Beacon School.