Student Voice & Leadership

Every student at Beacon Academy has the opportunity to be involved in student voice. We believe that everyone must, in line with modern British values, be encouraged to actively participate in the development of the school.

We have an Academy Council which meets termly to discuss issues and ideas raised by all year groups. The items discussed at these meetings will have been generated from our students. Due to the current restrictions, our Academy Council meetings are being held remotely.

All students are encouraged to make suggestions or discuss topics at tutor group meetings. Each tutor group will then have an elected tutor group representative who will take any ideas or questions forward to a year group meeting.

Year group council meetings are held termly, chaired by the Head of Year or Assistant Head of Year. Ideas generated by the tutor group meetings are discussed here. Year specific action points are agreed and acted upon. Students elect two representatives from the year group to take their wider views forward to the Academy Council which is led by the Senior Student Leadership Team.

Students on the Academy Council represent their year group and work collaboratively with each other and members of staff, producing actions to follow up if necessary. The minutes or outcomes of these meetings are discussed at the highest level within our school, at Senior Leadership Team meetings and also with the Board of Trustees.

The aims of the student council at all levels are to:

  • enable student voice to be heard and responded to
  • enable students to voice concerns and make suggestions about aspects of school life that affect them, and their learning
  • allow for greater collaboration between year groups
  • undertake projects that help to take forward the development of Beacon Academy.
Academy Council visit Crowborough Town Council Feb 20 (3) for web

Click here to read about our 2019-20 Academy Council’s meeting with Crowborough Town Council.


Student Leadership Opportunities at Beacon Academy

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Student Leadership Team

Working alongside the Academy Council, the Beacon Academy Student Leadership Team are the school’s representatives who provide a voice for the student body.

All members of the Student Leadership Team made a formal application for their role as Prefect. Students who wished to be a part of the Senior Student Leadership Team followed their application with a written letter of interest; those who were successful were invited to interview with Ms Robinson, Mr Slattery, Ms Furlong and Miss Miller.

The Student Leadership roles have been designed to reflect the staff leadership structure at Beacon Academy, and the team will work together throughout the year to achieve whole school goals that they have decided to focus on for 2021. The team will also work alongside our Academy Council, Year Council representatives, Student Ambassadors and Subject Mentors across the Academy. Other responsibilities of the Student Leadership Team include attending and supporting key events throughout the year, ensuring the ethos of Beacon Academy is upheld across the school and acting as a role model to others by promoting the Beacon values in all that they do.

Becoming a part of the Student Leadership Team allows students the opportunity to develop confidence, resilience and independence through public speaking, communicating with staff, mentoring and leading projects. Students are expected to take on these extra responsibilities whilst continuing to maintain high standards in their school studies.

Further information about this year’s team can be viewed below.

  • William
    Head Student

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    My favourite hobbies are producing music, mixing music, listening to music and playing piano.

    Describe yourself in three words.

    My three words are musical, considerate and diligent.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    I am most looking forward to being able to make the school as enjoyable for students as I can and educating them on important social matters.

  • Lorella
    Head Student

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    My favourite hobbies include, going for dog walks, swimming, and doing anything with my family and friends!

    Describe yourself in three words.

    I would describe myself as hard-working, caring and determined.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    I am most excited about meeting new people and learning new skills while taking on the role of being a head student. it will be a great way for me to boost my confidence and learn many new skills that I will be able to use in my future.

  • Sam
    Deputy Head Student

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    Video games and sport shooting.

    Describe yourself in three words.

    Entrepreneurial, intuitive and humorous.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    I am most excited for leading projects and helping students at Beacon.

  • Sophie
    Deputy Head Student

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    I am very active and love being outside so anything from going on a run or going on a hike I like to do. I also like learning BSL (British Sign Language) which can be great fun!

    Describe yourself in three words.

    Competitive, caring and energetic.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    I’m most excited to get to know the team and to start all our projects which is exciting!

  • Theo
    Deputy Head Student

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    I like listening to music and playing music on the piano, and I enjoy reading about philosophy and politics. I also really enjoy cooking, especially vegan meals!

    Describe yourself in three words.

    Curious, friendly and eccentric.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    I am really excited to be able to meet new people and help to improve the lives of students, parents and teachers at Beacon Academy.

  • Alfie
    Senior Prefect

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    My favourite hobbies are bike riding, skateboarding, and building computers.

    Describe yourself in three words.

    Relaxed, open and friendly.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    I am most excited about the opportunities I can gain from the role.

  • Charlie
    Senior Prefect

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    My hobbies include reading, watching films, video gaming and air cadets.

    Describe yourself in three words.

    I would describe myself as considerate, friendly, and quiet.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    I’m really excited to start my project of a book club as I think it will be a fun thing for teachers and students to do together.

  • Robert
    Senior Prefect

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    My favourite hobby is curling – I love everything to do with curling!

    Describe yourself in three words.

    If I had to describe myself in three words, I would say kind, helpful and trustworthy.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    I am very pleased to be part of the Student Leadership Team, I am most excited about the opportunities I will have to help other people at school, but also to coach others to have a positive impact on the environment around them.

  • Amber
    Prefect

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    My favourite hobbies are talking to my friends and helping people.

    Describe yourself in three words.

    I would describe myself as bubbly, kind and caring.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    I am most excited about helping the school.

  • Amy
    Prefect

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    My favourite hobbies are reading and crocheting.

    Describe yourself in three words.

    Hard-working, supportive and ambitious.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    I am most excited about being able to contribute to the school and to help to make a difference in the school.

  • Chael
    Prefect

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    My favourite hobbies include reading, listening to music and thinking.

    Describe yourself in three words.

    Three words I would use to describe me are understanding, a lexicographer and a pantomath.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    I am most excited for helping Beacon, as I feel this school is by far the most helpful and unbiased school I have been to.

  • Frankie
    Prefect

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    My favourite hobbies are photography and baking.

    Describe yourself in three words.

    I am understanding.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    I am looking forward to making a difference.

  • Isobel
    Prefect

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    My favourite hobbies include gaming, skateboarding and roleplaying.

    Describe yourself in three words.

    The 3 words I would use to describe myself are: Polite, hard-working and helpful.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    I am most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team because I want to have a positive impact on people’s experience in school.

  • Josh
    Prefect

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    I used to go fishing and I plan to get back to fishing soon.

    Describe yourself in three words.

    I would describe myself as creative, ambitious, and determined.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    What I look forward to in the opportunity I have been given is the experience of responsibility. It could teach me many lessons for the future. I also am excited to give others (people outside the Leadership Team) the opportunity to have a say in what could improve the school.

  • Katie
    Prefect

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    I enjoy walking with my family around where I live, reading/ watching any of the Harry Potter books and films and drawing whatever is on my mind.

    Describe yourself in three words.

    Hard-working, awkward and approachable.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    I am looking forward to being able to put forward and help develop ideas to improve the school and to help other students.

  • Kirsten
    Prefect

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    Listening to music and going on walks.

    Describe yourself in three words.

    Kind, hard-working and passionate.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    The skills you learn.

  • Luke
    Prefect

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    My favourite hobbies are playing video games with my friends, playing sports and learning about how to modify cars.

    Describe yourself in three words.

    Massive car enthusiast.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    Being able to improve the school which benefits everyone equally.

  • Ross
    Prefect

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    Blacksmithing and gaming.

    Describe yourself in three words.

    Fun, kind and caring.

    What are you most excited about being on the Student Leadership Team?

    The opportunity to make a change.

Browse our Student Newsletters

Our Student Leadership Team regularly contribute to our student newsletter and produce their own edition every term.