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School Council and Student Voice
Pupils are proud to belong to Waingels College. Ofsted 2018
The School Council at Waingels is an active and dynamic part of our school community. The School Council’s role is to ensure that the views of all students at Waingels are heard, understood and taken seriously. The Head Team lead the School Council, which is made up of Student Representatives from all year groups in the school; this team links the Senior Leadership Team and the Governors with the wider student body.
Every year we open up the application process to all students who would like to join the School Council at Waingels and select 26 students across all year groups. These Student Representatives bring ideas from their respective year groups to fortnightly meetings to discuss how the school could be improved. The Head Team lead these meetings, with the support of Miss English.
For 2020-21, the Head Students are Ben and Amy who work closely with the Team Leaders on developing and representing student voice at Waingels, as well as offering support and inspiration for the school community. Each Team Leader is focused on one of the Waingels’ values and works with a group of students from Years 7 to 11 on key projects related to these values. Our Team Leaders are:
The School Council plays a pivotal role in sharing student voice at Waingels. Over the last few years Waingels’ School Council and student voice has had a pivotal role in several key developments around the school, including:
- Introduction of shorts as part of the school uniform
- Divided recycling bins in the canteen
- Meat-Free Monday in the canteen
- Railings around the queuing system outside and inside the canteen
- Better soap dispensers in the toilets
- Shelters over the outside areas for break and lunch
- Improved Wi-Fi throughout the school site
- More benches around school for use during break and lunch
- Setting up an e-mail for students to share their ideas & opinions.
In addition to the vital work of the School Council, the Student Voice of the whole school is frequently sought through pupil questionnaires, focus groups and consultation meetings. The results of both of these are fed back to the Principal, his team and the governors, to ensure they are aware of the feelings of students at the school and work best to support them.
If you would like to make a difference, get in touch! You can email the School Council using the link below and follow them on Twitter @VoiceWaingels.
Staff Contact: Miss L English