Student Voice

 

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.

We have an array of Student Voice opportunities at Woking High School including:

  • The Head Student Team: An elected group of Year 11 students who lead the Student Voice community.
  • The School Council: A 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)
  • Subject Councils: Each Department has a Council for the discussion of Curriculum provision and review. Additional Councils include the SEND Council and VI Council.
  • 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.

 

Recent successes within the Student Voice Community includes:

  • Participation in Charity events such as ‘The Wower Challenge’, ‘The Wower Book of Records’ (raising approximately £6000 for local charities) and ‘The Wower Christmas Hamper’ campaign (creating beautiful hampers for those less fortunate in the local area).
  • The launching of the ‘Challenge It. Report it. Change it. Together.’ Policy.
  • Involvement in the creation of an assembly and lesson resources to promote and celebrate Diversity, and combat Discriminatory behaviours in society.
  • 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.
  • Development of the principles of ‘Summer Fest’; a day designed to unite us as a community and celebrate individuality.
  • Participation in a House System Review, developing ideas for re-launching the House System.
  • Participation in exploration/review of School Policy (focusing on areas such as Equipment and Retrieval Practice).
  • Provision of Eco tips via the Student Bulletin.
  • Training days for School Council members.
 
  • School Council
  • Subject Councils
  • Peer Mentoring
 
  • All Tutor Groups in the whole school community have two elected Representatives. All Tutor 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 explanation of how they action these matters.

  • Every Department at Woking High School has a Subject Council. We ask the students one simple question, “What subject are you passionate about?”  We then encourage all students within the whole school community to apply for a post on a Subject Council; if successful in their application, they will then have the opportunity to explore a subject which inspires and motivates them. Subject Councils are made up of students from all year groups, and it is a wonderful opportunity for like-minded individuals to come together to explore subject-specific projects which enhance their learning experience.

    Subject Councils include: Art / Astronomy / Business Studies / Child Development / Computing / Design Technology / Drama / English / Food & Nutrition / Geography / History / Latin / Mandarin / Maths / Media Studies / MFL / Music / PE / RE / Science / SEND / VI.

  • 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 High School less daunting. Mentoring also encourages students to be supportive of each other.

    The Peer Mentors from Y10 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.

    "It gives me a great sense of achievement to know I am helping to improve the learning of younger students." Year 11 student 
 

 

 

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Morton Road

Horsell, Woking

Surrey, GU21 4TJ

Tel: 01483 888 447

PA to Headteacher, Mrs A Mercer

Email: info@wokinghigh.surrey.sch.uk

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