Student Leadership and Student Voice
As a Rights Respecting School, CFGS believes in the importance of respect for the views of the child (UNCRC Article 12). It is very important to everyone at the school that students express their views and take a lead in their own education. Students contribute to the school community in two main ways: through Student Voice and Student Leadership. We believe that when students work alongside adults to take decisions, they not only become more involved in the life of the school but learn important skills for use later in life. These include:
- greater independence
- a sense of responsibility
- leadership qualities
WHAT IS STUDENT LEADERSHIP?
Student Leadership describes any position of responsibility that a student undertakes on behalf of her peers. The aim of all student leadership activities is to improve the life of the school.
At CFGS we have an ever-increasing number of leadership roles in order to give as many students as possible the chance to benefit from the additional responsibility and skills that they develop in these roles. We have 106 School Council and 18 School Council Executive members, a Head Girl and Deputy Head Girls and dozens of students working on action groups contributing to decision making on a broad range of issues, such as after-school and holiday activities, charity fundraising, the Rights Respecting Schools agenda, the school food menu and repairs to the buildings.
The offer has been widened further with the development key leadership opportunities:
Students from Years 7 to 13 receive training in how to conduct successful research, to enable them to conduct meaningful action research alongside a sponsor teacher, with the aim of refining our curriculum to engage and impact on the successful attainment of all students.
Communication and presentation skills
Students highlighted in Year 10 receive training in effective communication and presentation skills. These skills are then disseminated throughout the year group with the students showcasing their own skills and training their peers.
A Sixth Form opportunity providing accredited training from the ‘Institute of Leadership and Management.’ Students are trained as learning mentors, mentoring Year 7 students within ‘The Learning Lounge’ an extra-curricular facility at Central Foundation Girls’ School focused on improving student’s ability to access the curriculum and make progress in their learning.
We hope to further expand this offer providing a bespoke programme of student leadership opportunities at Central Foundation Girls’ School which address the current needs of students and the school in an ever changing global community.
WHAT IS STUDENT VOICE?
Student Voice is the entitlement every student has to have their opinion heard in decisions that affect them. This right is enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and is echoed in our CFGS Charter. This document was jointly developed by students and staff and is a set of guiding principles for everything we do inside and outside of lessons.
The main way students can use their voice is through their elected representatives on the School Council. Through this student body all students are consulted on the big issues and have the opportunity to express their views and suggest improvements to the school community.