St George’s Academy Council is the forum for our Student Voice on both the Sleaford and Ruskington campus Year 7-13. The main body, the Academy Council holds meetings on a fortnightly basis in the Chairman of the Governor’s meeting room at the Sleaford & Ruskington campus. The Council invites three representatives from Years 7 through to the sixth Form. Meetings are jointly chaired by Amie Hatton (Year 12) and our Head Student Team at Sleaford and Hannah Hicks (Year 11 Senior Student ) at our Ruskington campus. Minutes are distributed to all form tutors, the Senior Management Team and Council reps. The 6th form team also provide representatives to sit on the council and guide discussions where required with reference to own experiences at the Academy. They collectively guide its work with co-ordination by Vice Principal Mrs J. Steward at Sleaford and Mrs Crawshaw Vice Principal at Ruskington.
Each Year Council consists of twenty democratically elected representatives, of which three then take the topics discussed to the next Academy Council meeting. Any news or decisions are then conveyed back to their next Year Council meeting. Requests that require Senior Management approval are taken by the Chairperson to the Principal in a meeting once every term.
The Academy Council contributes to the consultation process of all major decisions on the future of the Academy, which has included changes to uniform and making critical decisions on mentoring schemes within the Sixth Form.
We have introduced new systems such as our STRIVE card and suggested additional topics we wish to learn more about in Life Skills lessons such as Positive Mental Health and Internet Safety. It is the aim for the academic year 2021-2022 to become an even more effective Student Voice system by: being more proactive as an Eco Academy; maintaining a prominent feature within the community with our charity work and Youth Council links; encouraging our students to voice their opinions through surveys for us to review and feedback on proactive changes with the Senior Leadership Team; and looking towards what additional mentoring and intervention can be provided for KS4 students. We aim to maintain the existing successful aspects, including student involvement in new staff interviews and creating a positive, happy ethos at the Academy.
Amie Hatton & Hannah Hicks
Co-Chair, Academy Council of St George's Academy