At ACSC, we believe that providing our students with an opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns is vital. It not only allows them to make the changes they are passionate about, within our school, but also practise the use of the fundamental British Value of democracy.
Our school council is made up of a wide range of stakeholders from across our school family. Each half term, students spend an allocated form time discussing ‘The Big Question’. This question is chosen from key issues that have risen around school such as: how to improve the school extra-curricular timetable, what changes are needed to bring students school uniform in line with modern society, and what improvements can be made to our school environment.
The Big Question provides an opportunity for all students to have a voice. Each form’s discussion points are then progressed to an official form captain meeting. This is a chance for each form captain to share their own forms opinions and discussion points with their own head of year.
A specific group of form captains then talk through all points raised in an intimate school council meeting, that is chaired by our Head Boy and Head Girl. This allows our Head Boy and Head Girl to strategically highlight realistic and possible outcomes. These are then passed on to our school SLT team and Head Teacher.
Final decisions are made by SLT and the Head Teacher, which are stemmed from the input from students. The outcomes are then fed back to all students through assemblies by our Head Boy and Head Girl.
Our overall school council structure allows for issues to be discussed at all levels of our school and we ensure the discussion points, impact and outcomes go full circle.