“Children have a right to express their views and have them taken seriously in accordance with their age and maturity”
Article 12; UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Student Voice allows students to share who they are, what they believe, and why they believe what they do with their peers, parents, teachers, and their entire school. At Admiral Lord Nelson School we care about what the students think and take time to listen to their views.
Student Voice is used in a variety of different ways in classrooms and schools such as: School Council, Form Tutor Representatives, Anti-bullying Ambassadors, RRSA Ambassadors, Student Voice questionnaires, use of student voice in lessons to enhance learning.
At Admiral Lord Nelson School we value young people and give them ownership of their learning and opportunities to make a difference.
The School Council is an inclusive, structured forum for discussion and decision making that allows all students a voice in improving our school. It is a democratic council, with an election process during the start of the Autumn term each academic year.
Each tutor group democratically elects a representatives, who obtain views from their tutor group and feedback in School Council Meetings. The School Council meet once every half term and is led by Senior Prefects.
Members of the school councils have a responsibility to put forward the views of their tutor groups. Rather than just presenting their own opinions, students are encouraged to develop as effective leaders and ensure the voice of all students is represented. The Council members also ensure that feedback from the meeting is passed back to their peers in tutor groups. Senior Prefects meet weekly with the Headteacher where issues raised at the School Council are shared.
The School Council currently has four sub-groups each led by Senior Prefects and each tutor representative is assigned to a sub-group but are also open for any student to attend should they wish:
- RRSA group: This group explores further ways in which the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child can be embedded into school life and beyond. Their Ambassadorial work has led to the school being recognised as a Level 2 Rights Respecting School.
- Charity: This group considers which charities they wish to support with funds raised by students through non-school uniform days and other charitable events.
- Environment: This group considers how best to maintain and further develop the school environment for all students
- Student Voice: This group considers how best to allow all students to have a say about school life. They are currently looking at ways in which students can contribute to the concerns shared by many as to their safety getting to and from school.
At ALNS, we believe that students flourish when given the opportunity to lead and to act as role models to younger students. The Senior Prefects receive off-site leadership training at Portsmouth College with other Senior students from other schools across the city. ALNS has both a prefect team made up of Year 11 students who put themselves forward for the roles. they are given specific roles and responsibilities around school and a shadow prefect team tudents in Year 11 to be . This year, we have Anti-bullying ambassadors Student Ambassadors, who have been divided into nine teams, and nine Prefects, with each person being responsible for a team. They are easily identified by their jumpers, with Ambassadors wearing blue and the Prefects wearing black.
Throughout the year, all students are given the chance to support different events across school both during the school day. This includes helping at Parents Evenings, Parent Information Evenings, Extra-curricular Clubs, Charity Events (Bizarre Bizarre), Year 6 Open Evenings to name a few.
Many Year 7 students have an opportunity in helping the new Year 6 cohort to make a successful transition from Primary to Secondary School. 2 or 3 students from Year 7 group are attached to each tutor group and help new students with moving around school during their transition days. After this time, they are a familiar face around school.
We have a wide range of leadership opportunities in extra-curricular activities including sport, dance, music, art and drama. They show a willingness to become fully immersed in school life, and are proud of their school. They demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour and uniform, and have a positive attitude towards their studies. They are reliable and good at time management, forming positive relationship with students and staff.
By representing the school, the students are given opportunities to practise and showcase new skills that they are developing, such as mentoring, self-confidence, public speaking, team building, collaborative working and problem solving. We are incredibly proud of all of our Leaders.