Students take responsibility for school

Burnt Mill Academy / Mon 19th Oct 2020 at 06:15am

A TEAM of students of all ages are taking responsibility for their school.

More than 100 students from Year 7 to 13 at Epping St John’s Church of England School, in Epping, were interviewed to become a part of the student leadership team – with 54 students seeking to take on the top job.

Head girls Sybil Asa and Harper Kubaisi were appointed, along with year leaders to take responsibility for teaching and learning, enhanced curriculum, student wellbeing, community and environment, Christian ethos and school culture.

Prefects, a head of student council and a deputy have also taken up positions.

Sarah Viccars, senior assistant headteacher, said: “Six months after filling in their application forms, candidates were invited along for their face to face interviews. They performed outstandingly.

“This is the first time we have had a student leadership team featuring students from all year groups. It is hard for a Year 11 student to understand how a Year 7 student is feeling. For Year 7, not having tomato sauce available in the canteen could be their biggest worry and it is important to them. While Year 11 are more focused on revision and extra after-school sessions.

“We have also not genderised roles this year; instead, we have simply given each role to the right person for the job.

“We are giving all students in all year groups an opportunity to take on leadership roles, if they want to.”

All applicants received a letter outlining their strengths and giving guidance on areas of development for future interviews.

Heads of student council Fin Jacobs-Roth and Lily Aslandogdu said: “Our role, as student council, is to hear the student voice throughout the school and ensure that change happens as a result of this.

“We know this year has been tough on all of us and our goal is to make everyone’s time at school as normal as possible within the Covid-19 restrictions.”

Members of the student leadership team will conduct their meetings via Teams video calls while Covid restrictions are in place.
They will give views and issues from their year group peers and discuss them during the meetings.

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