Our mission statement for the Student Voice at Woking High School states:
“Students are to be empowered to contribute to the successful running of the school. Student input is to be sought, valued and acknowledged.”
At Woking High School, we aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all members of the student community feel able to participate fully in school life and celebrate their Student Voice. We positively promote equality in order to create an environment of respect and personal responsibility.
The Head Student Team: An elected group of Year 11 students who lead the Student Voice community.
The School Council: An elected student body divided into four Sub Councils, each with a specific focus:
-The Core Council (Addressing Whole School issues)
-The Year Councils (Addressing issues relevant to specific year groups)
-The Charity Council (Addressing Charity and Fundraising events)
-The Eco Council (Addressing Eco issues)
House Representatives: A student body used to promote the House System.
The Peer Education Project: A student-led project in which trained KS4 students support KS3 students with their understanding of Mental Health issues and strategies.
The Peer Mentors: A mentoring programme in which older students support Year 7 students in their transition to Woking High School.
Charity events are in abundance, with ‘The Wower Challenge’, ‘The Wower Book of Records’ ‘Mellow Yellow’, Non-Uniform Days and ‘The Wower Christmas Hamper’ campaign.
The launching and continual promotion of ‘Challenge It. Report it. Change it. Together.’ Initiative.
Involvement in Student Voice Conferences, including:
-Specialist training for all members.
-Focus on celebrating Diversity and combatting Discrimination.
-Contribution to resources for whole school assemblies.
-Planning for whole school events such as ‘Summer Fest’.
-Councils contributed to the Promotion of Core Values, reviewing designs for the logos used in the Main Corridor.
-Student Consultation of A2B Curriculum.
-Celebration of Diversity within the Creative Arts & Technology Gala.
-Head Student Team attendance of National Conferences on Discrimination.
-Participation in Engagement Groups, established to promote small group discussion focusing upon Safety in Schools.
-Participation in Student Surveys, established for students to participate in an online survey, in which they can feedback on student safety in school.
-Provision of anonymous reporting system (available via the School website), for the purpose of reporting behaviours which impact upon student safety.
-Provision of Eco tips via the Student Bulletin.
All Tutor Groups in the whole school community have two elected Representatives. All School Council Representatives are then allocated to one of four Sub Councils, which form the Full School Council collectively. These councils include the Core Council, Year Councils, Charity Council and Eco Council. Sub Councils meet twice per term to discuss relevant matters, for which they are then responsible to investigate and/or action. The Full School Council also then come together at the end of each term to report on the matters raised within their Council remit, with an explanation of how they action these matters.
Joining a new school as a Year 7 pupil can be a daunting experience. However, at Woking High School the students from Year 10 have taken on the responsibility of making the transition between Primary and Secondary School less daunting.
The Peer Mentors from Year 10 have undergone a rigorous application process and all participated in a formal Peer Mentor training day. The Peer Mentors are introduced to Year 7 on their Induction Day in July. Sessions for mentees begin in September and are held in form time. The Peer Mentor’s job is to advise, encourage and reassure. In their sessions, a mentee will generally complete specific activities or they might simply have an informal conversation with their mentor. Peer Mentors are trained in how to handle any worries a mentee might disclose to them.