At the beginning of each school year, we hold student voice elections for a range of positions across school. These include Head boy, Head girl Deputy Head boy, Deputy Head girl, House captains which come from nominations from students in year 11 to year 13. The students are required to apply in writing for the positions and they have to go through a rigorous interview process and work with the Mr Rue, Headteacher to represent and improve the school life.
Our school council is composed of nominations from students in upper phase 2- phase 5 classes. The students express interest, nominate themselves and deliver a short presentation in a school assembly. All students from phase 2 upwards vote through a school ballet system. This helps students understand about democracy.
By taking on a role within the Student Leadership Team students are committing to being a positive role model and demonstrating the desire to make a positive contribution to Epinay School. The roles within the Student Leadership team allow students to develop many skills that will be valued later in their educational journey by Sixth Form/College and employers. These responsibilities can be added to the students CV’s.
Personal qualities needed for student leadership team
- Reliable and honest
- Respectful of others
- Supportive and encouraging
- An effective communicator
- An excellent role model
Expectations of Nominated Student Leaders
- You will be positive role models in and outside school, taking collective responsibility to help protect the rights of others.
- You will demonstrate an excellent behaviour record during their time at Epinay School and uphold our values
- You will be responsible for supporting staff to ensure Epinay School is a happy, safe and welcoming environment for all.
Head boy and Head girl/Deputy Head boy and Deputy Head girl
Head boy and Head girl are responsible for representing the school at events, and will make public speeches. They will serve as a role model for all students, and will share pupils’ ideas with the school’s leadership team.
- being an internal and external ambassador for the school.
- greeting important visitors as well as showing prospective parents and students around school.
- support headteacher in school assemblies and participate weekly in lunchtime duties
- meet the leadership team and governing body termly to report on the student voice.
As part of the school rewards systems there are 4 houses, these are diamond, emerald, ruby and sapphire. Nominated house captains are expected to support assemblies, promote and drive competitions, help with whole school events, discuss and decide on things that matter to the students, set an example to younger students, to promote the school ethos and values and contribute to the wider community. They will help mentor the younger students, both in the classroom and at playtimes.
- Work with staff to design regular house competitions.
- Work with staff to select winners from house competitions.
- Work with staff to lead rewards assemblies each week.
- Plan and deliver larger house events throughout the year.
- Design and regularly update the House notice board with LM/JH.
- Act as a host at school and community events.
- Encourage participation in house competitions and events.
At Epinay School, the purpose of our School Council is to encourage students to get involved in issues that concern them, in and around school to make their school better and improve school life and our school community. Being a school councillor is a very responsible position. The School Council meets every 3 weeks with Mrs Murphy and Ms Hayes. Following meetings, the councillors are given time to report back and share anything discussed to their classes. The student council has a designated area where they promote their activities and display the charity monies raised.
All meetings have a planned agenda, minutes are recorded and shared on the school council notice board. The students provide information around their activities, visits, competitions and fund raising for the termly school newsletter and lead a monthly assembly with the whole school.
- Attend meetings regularly.
- Communicate with the Deputy Head and Head teacher.
- Talk to students across all the phases and feed their views back to the council.
- Make suggestions for change and improvement around school.
- Decide which charities to support as a school and drive charity events.
- Ambassadors for the school and promote student’s rights
- Decide which charities to support as a school