In January we will be restarting the school council. This council will meet once a month during tutor time and period one. In each meeting the council will hear from the different iCouncils about the work they have been doing and the council will also discuss important school issues. I caught up with the Head Boy, Tommy, to get his views on how this will help decision making overall.

“Within the old structure, there were 4 sub-councils iCare, iSite, iFit , iLearn, who sorted out the problems regarding their sector and reported their main problems to iCommunicate, who then dealt with these problems alongside those raised from within their group.

The new structure replaces iCommunicate with an overall school council, which will consist of our Year 11 leaders, but we are also looking for representatives from other year groups, ideally at least one boy and one girl from each year group. The School Council will deal with similar problems to iCommunicate and focus on Mr Mather’s new school agenda.This new arrangement should improve efficiency as we will have targets to meet and instead of just dealing with problems, we will be improving the school.”

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS TO BE GAINED? This new Council should represent the student voice better due to the variety of students standing from each year.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO APPLY AND DEADLINE?

If you would like to apply to be on the council please write a letter of application. In your letter you need to discuss the following:

– Why you think having a school council is a good idea.

– Why you think you would make a good school counsellor – What are the main issues with the council should be looking at next term?

WHAT TYPES OF PEOPLE ARE YOU ON THE LOOKOUT FOR?

Reliable enough to turn up to all the meetings, hardworking, sensible and know if there is anything in their year that needs change or improvement.

HOW WILL YOUR ROLE CHANGE WITHIN THE NEW COUNCIL?

Eve and I will still be influential in the Council and bringing about change in the school, but Mr Mather will be leading/directing us more than in the old iCommunicate.

Students from each year are invited to apply for positions on the new Student Council by applying in writing.

Letters of application should be no longer than one side of A4 and can be written or typed. Please remember to put your name and tutor group on the letter clearly. Letters must be returned to Mr Mather by Friday 17th of January.

If you have any questions please do see Mr Mather. Good Luck!