At Highgate Wood School Student Voice plays a very important part in many of the decisions and plans that we have. We are part of the Smart School Councils Community which allows every student in the school to be actively engaged in the process. All students have the opportunity to be involved in one of the Action Teams that focus on a particular aspect of school life and every member of the student body is invited to cast their vote for different issues and initiatives.
The input of the School Council has helped inform the school’s decisions on uniform, homework, service within the canteen and the development of the wider school environment, including the recent installation of water troughs and the school’s actions addressing issues around climate change. Together with the opportunities provided by the School Council students are encouraged to take on other leadership roles which could involve working as a peer mentor, or a “buddy” to new students, or developing leadership skills through a variety of different training opportunities including the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge, Transport for London’s STARS, the WE school’s programme, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, charity fundraising and awareness raising events and a myriad of other student-led campaigns to which they agree to commit their time and energy.