Student Voice

At the start of the new academic year we launched a new system to receive students input into School improvement strategies.  Every tutor group in the school now has an elected tutor group representative who sits on their respective House Council, chaired jointly by House staff and the Senior House Captain Team.

House Councils meet on a regular basis and discuss a mixture of House based issues such as Inter-house and House Charities and also whole school issues such as their recent review of the school’s new Anti-Bullying Policy. The new School Council, consisting of a House Council representative from each year group continue to meet twice per half-term and is chaired by the Junior Leadership Team. The first meeting of the year focussed on WWW/EBI in regards to whole school development with the second meeting focussing upon rewards, an important issue raised by the School Council. We are also delighted to report that we have begun our involvement in an exciting new project. Oxted School has been chosen as one of only five schools to work with the Phoenix Educational Trust, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation on their one year programme entitled ‘Democratic Journeys’. Trust Director, Katie Harris will work with the School and House Councils to develop their leadership skills and qualities through tailored workshops culminating in them leading through to completion a school wide project towards school improvement identified and championed by the students themselves. A survey has already been carried out and targeted at students, staff, parents and governors and we are awaiting the findings of the survey. The Phoenix Educational Trust has also held a one day introductory workshop with the School Council aimed at developing their leadership skills and exploring the potential for student voice.

Throughout the school, student voice remains a key areas of focus for identifying areas for school improvement. A number of survey and questionnaires have been conducted since September with all being reported back to the relevant staff group for consideration. Examples include a whole scale Teaching and Learning survey with the Sixth Form, a survey specifically aimed at the HLP (more able) students and a similar survey of our students in receipt of  free school meals. The Junior Leadership Team continue to meet with Mrs Euridge and are an important sounding bound for the views of the student body. The views of our students remain a key drivers in our push for school improvement at Oxted School.

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