“Pupils are polite, friendly and continue to behave very well in lessons and around the school site. They value their learning and play a full part in lessons. The pupils and sixth formers spoken to during the visit were keen to share how much they appreciate the support and help that their teachers give them. Although this is a large school, it does not feel like one”. (Ofsted, march 2016)
Oriel High School has an effective Student Voice led by a hard-working and dedicated Student Headship Team. This team of six students including a head boy and head girl and four deputies. They are appointed following an application and selection process by the outgoing Student Headship Team and the Headteacher. They represent the students of the school both internally and in formal engagements outside of school.
The Student Headship Team work closely with the Headteacher to determine areas of priority for development within the student population. There are four deputies because each of the deputies leads the student voice for one of the four learning communities. Each learning community council has representation from each of the mentor groups in the learning community. Ideas, matters raised, concerns are discussed by the Student Headship Team in their own meetings and form the agenda for the regular meetings with the Headteacher. The Head Boy and Head Girl also attend the Governing Body’s Teaching and Learning Committee meetings to provide feedback on plans as well as matters raised by the students. The Head Boy and Head Girl represent the school at events such as the Open Evening and address the families attending the Headteacher’s presentation.
Student Headship Team for 2019/20:
- Head Girl: Maisy Short
- Head Boy: Toby Backhouse
- Deputy Head : Olivia Fairhurst
- Deputy Head : Hari Gunturu
- Deputy Head : Tomas de Jesus Martins
- Deputy Head : Samuel Jones
Every mentor group elects two students to be the channel of communication between the student population as a whole and the Student Council. They meet in their Learning Community every half term in meetings led by their elected representatives, and a deputy head boy/girl.
This system enables all students to have a clear voice in consultations about whole school issues initiated by the Student Headship Team. It also ensures that the lines of communication are a two way process; Mentor Group discussions can result in important issues being raised quickly with the Student Council and the Student Headship Team and, where appropriate, brought to the attention of the SLT of the School.