At Whickham we realise that students have unique perspectives on learning, teaching and our school community and we encourage them to help shape their own learning experience.
Student voice involves students actively participating in our school community to contribute to the decision making processes collectively influencing outcomes by putting forward their views, concerns and ideas.
Student Voice structure
Each tutor group has a male and female tutor representative for our 3 houses – Kestrels, Eagles and Falcons. These representatives meet with their House Sixth Form Captains every half term to feedback discussions from their tutor circle time. The House Captains then discuss key points and issues with the relevant Head of Key Stage.
Student Voice is also sought on a number of key topics and issues throughout the year, including participation in our recruitment process.
“I really enjoy circle time as it allows me to express my views. If these views can help improve the school then they are discussed by our tutor rep through student voice.” (Year 8 boy)
For more information visit our Student Leadership Team page
Peer Support Mentors (PSMs)
Younger students benefit from the experience and knowledge of older ones. The Peer Support Mentors offer a friendly face, advice and coping mechanisms for the specific challenges that younger students may encounter. They also support pupils who may be vulnerable, anxious or who have additional educational needs. Whilst our PSMs support is particularly important during transition activities, their friendship is offered throughout the year.