Buile Hill Academy believes it is important to give students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills. Everyone can get involved and take part, opportunities for leadership start in Year 7 and continue throughout the school. As students’ progress through school, they will have the opportunity to:
- coach others, including primary school children
- represent school in a wide range of activities
- become prefects and Head Boy or Head Girl
- sit on interview panels for new staff
- attend leadership programmes and training
- allow students to steer change in their school
The role of the Buile Hill Academy Council is to listen to and represent the views of all students in our school. Students are keen to make a significant contribution to improving the overall achievement of students and ensure they have a rich, varied and enjoyable experience while they are here and that they are given the opportunity to express themselves, formulate arguments, represent the views of others and feedback to their peers.
In recent years the members of the Student Council have discussed and agreed on the values which reflect their vision:-
- We are loyal
- We are trustworthy
- We are helpful
- We are constructive
- We are determined
- We are friendly
- We are supportive
- We are here to make the school you want
- We are listening
All of the above link to the whole school values of Aspirational, Respectful and Proud
How is the School Council organised?
There are the Head Boy and Girl and two Prefects, these students lead the meetings and report back to the Head teacher and Senior Leadership Team.
The general prefects can be seen out and about across the school supporting in the library, supervising during break and lunch, helping the admin team, helping to run clubs and activities for different departments, and supporting year 7. All students have opportunities to take part in student voice, participate in teaching and learning activities and reviews, sit on interview panels and become ambassadors for key issues that affect everyone in school.
Each year group nominates two representatives; form tutors discuss and debate key topics during the week. In the past students have been instrumental in developing the changes to the school uniform, the school facilities, learning and teaching tasks and even the names of the school sporting houses.
The Student Council meets once a term, they visit tutor groups before the meeting and ask for issues which the students would like them to focus on in their meeting, the head girl and boy collate this information and create an agenda. Key senior staff who will have influence in certain areas such as finance, catering and student wellbeing are invited to the meeting should this be appropriate. Following the meeting, Council Members are given areas to lead and action for the next meeting support by the Head Girl and Boy.