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Student Voice and Councils

Student Voice and College Council

2017 has been a great year for the new style Student Council!  We wanted to produce a new structure that empowered all students and strongly reflected the House system.

Students have created an open forum that has a positive and lasting impact on student life at Ely College. Following a successful student-led uniform consultation, working with student and parents alike, as well a host of successful charity and fundraising events, we are set to go from strength to strength!

Who makes up the College Council?

Every tutor group has a nominated Student Voice Representative. Their role is to hold discussions within the tutor group to get ideas around aspects of school life and school improvement. The Student Voice Representatives takes these ideas to the House Council meetings which are chaired by the House Leaders.

Each house has two KS4 House Leaders who facilitate and minute the house council meetings, write a house based articles for the College newsletter and organise a team of students from their house to help with events and charity work.

The House Leaders and the Student Ambassadors  also meet to form the College Council. They meet regularly to discuss issues and they feedback the solution to their houses and respective form groups.

Student Ambassadors are Year 10 students who run a whole school project. They will also represent the school at evening and external events. Essentially this role offers  a choice, of being a whole school leader compared to the house based leaders.

Students are invited to apply in writing for the roles of House Leaders and Student Ambassadors. Following an interview process, they are selected for these roles. Student Voice Representatives voted to position each year by their forms. Head Boy and Head Girl are elected from the then Year 10.  Election is by the whole school community, staff and students. 

The Head Boy and Head Girl chair the College Council and serve as figurehead representatives, as well as performing duties on certain official occasions, such as Presentation Evening and are invited, periodically to join Senior Leadership Team meetings.

You said... we did!

  • Early priorities for the Student Voice have been:

    1. Uniform

    2. Rewards and Behaviour

    3. Environment

  • Feedback has now been received on these issues, and revised priorities and plans are:

    1. Rewards

    2. Charitable events for 2017/2018

    3. New elections for 2017/ 2018

"Student Voice, Student Leadership, Student Impact"