We know that many of our students have passionate views about their Academy, their place within it, and indeed about the world beyond the academy. We want those passions to have a voice. We also know that many of our students have real leadership talents, and others are always looking for ways to develop their leadership skills. We want our students to believe, as we do, that democracy and the democratic process is the best way to get their voices heard, and their ideas put into action.
At Harris Academy Falconwood we have both a student voice group (Years 7-11) and a sixth form leadership group (Years 12 and 13), including Head Boy, Head Girl and their deputies.
The student voice group is comprised of subgroups such as LGBTQ+, Environment, Culture and Diversity and SEND. In their regular half termly meetings they discuss pressing issues which may be affecting the Academy community.
They have made decisions such as:
- Leading the collection for donations to The Ukraine Appeal
- Ensuring that they are all Princess Diana Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
- Changing the playground environment
Students wishing to become part of our student voice are required to submit an application form to Miss Whittingham. After the application process, the students are then interviewed by our pastoral team and a member of the senior leadership team.
Our Sixth Form Leadership Group is comprised of our Head Boy, Head Girl, their deputies and a small group of students who represent the broader sixth form student body. They discuss and influence a range of decisions in the Academy, such as our actions to tackle environmental issues and influencing events such as our Culture Day.
The process for students to become part of the Sixth Form Leadership Group, including Head Boy and Girl, is layered to ensure that the group includes the students who can best represent the views of the sixth form cohort and can exemplify the Academy values. The process is:
- Staff nominate potential candidates
- Nominated students have the choice to opt in or out
- Students who opt in write a formal letter of application
- Students present to the Head of Academy and other members of the senior team, who will select the student to fulfil the various roles.