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.

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.

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 Academy Council minutes can be found on our website so all our stakeholders can see how the student body helps us shape Beacon Academy.

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.

The minutes from the latest Academy Council meeting can be downloaded below:

Academy Council Minutes March 2018

Senior Student Leadership Team

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

All members of the Senior Student Leadership Team made a formal application for their role, and those who were successful were invited to interview with members of our Core Senior Leadership Team.

The team has been structured with some very clearly defined roles, and will work alongside our Academy Council, Year Council representatives, Student Ambassadors and Subject Mentors across the Academy. The Heads of the team will set the agenda, and will meet with the Academy’s Core Senior Leadership Team once every term. As part of their role as Heads and Deputies, they will attend key events throughout the year such as Year 9 Options Evening, Year 6 Transition Days and Remembrance Day memorial service.

Becoming a part of the Senior Student Leadership Team allows the students the opportunity to develop confidence, resilience and independence through public speaking, mentoring and taking part in events. Working alongside the Academy Council, they give a voice to the student body, addressing any concerns and sharing ideas that may arise through regular workshops and drop-in clinics during break and lunch time. The team will also liaise with key members of teaching and support staff at the Academy, depending on the focus of their role.

To find out more about the team, including their roles and responsibilities, please click on the headers below:

  • Charlotte Cullen
    Head Girl

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    Responsibilities: To meet regularly to lead Senior Student Council meetings; address prospective parents at Year 6 Open Mornings and Evenings and Honours Evening; representation at community events; hold regular SSLT meetings; maintain Student Leadership Team notice board.

    Interests: Squash and rock climbing.

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words? “I could come up with my own words but I feel “ambitious for excellence” sums Beacon up perfectly.”

    I would like to contribute by creating a more rounded community within the Academy. I plan on doing this by involving students more in decisions made around the school so students agree and are happy with the changes we make.

  • Ethan Stopps
    Head Boy

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    Responsibilities: To meet regularly to lead Senior Student Council meetings; address prospective parents at Year 6 Open Mornings and Evenings and Honours Evening; representation at community events; hold regular SSLT meetings; maintain Student Leadership Team notice board.

    Interests: “I practice taekwon-do and have competed in not only in England but all around the world. I have also recently achieved my black belt. I started taekwon-do when I was 5 years old and I am now an assistant at a martial arts school where I teach all ages on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday.”

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words? “Safe, friendly and inspirational.”

  • Isla Murton
    Deputy Head Girl (Behaviour & Safety)

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    Responsibilities: To help develop and promote student leadership at Beacon Academy. Shadow the roles of the Head Girl. To uphold standards of behaviour, uniform and conduct around school; Support teaching staff with lunchtime and break time queues and promote a positive environment for their social time.

    Interests: Playing football with a local football club, and curling with Beacon Curling.

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words? “Successful. Ambitious. Excellent.”

    “I feel it’s important to represent the student body and get their views and opinions across.”

  • Thomas Jarman
    Deputy Head Boy (Behaviour & Safety)

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    Responsibilities: To help develop and promote student leadership at Beacon Academy. Shadow the roles of the Head Boy. To uphold standards of behaviour, uniform and conduct around school; Support teaching staff with lunchtime and break time queues and promote a positive environment for their social time.

    Interests: Singing, listening to music and spending time at church with the church’s young people group.

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words? Supportive, determined, successful.

    This role will help me with my leadership skills, and help me to learn about working together as part of a team.

  • Alfie Goddard
    Behaviour & Safety

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    Responsibilities: To uphold standards of behaviour, uniform and conduct around school; Support teaching staff with lunchtime and break time queues and promote a positive environment for their social time.

    Staff liaison: Mr K Slattery, Mrs J Prowse

    Interests: Dancing and acting. I enjoy taking part in dance competitions like the Rock Challenge.

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words? Fun, enlightening, and achieving.

    I want to make sure that the students feel safe, and that they know there is always someone they can talk to.

  • Grace Marley
    Healthy Lifestyles

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    Responsibilities: To lead on the welfare of students within the Academy.

    Staff liaison: Mrs H Bodman, Mrs K Carney

    Interests: Health and fitness, painting, drawing, reading and listening to music.

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words? “Diligent, ambitious and successful.”

    I would like more motivation for the students to eat healthily and most importantly drink plenty of water. I would also like to focus a lot on mental health. I think it would be important to help the students manage with stress and mention that regular exercise doesn’t only keep you fit, but it contributes to stress relief.

  • Molly Simons
    Events

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    Responsibilities: Support whole school events – open evening, parents evenings, Year 6 induction evening, talent shows, awards evening.

    Staff liaison: Mrs D Ducker, Mrs K Harrison, Mrs C Hoper

    Interests: Baking, acting and tennis. “Acting is really important to me, as when I am older, I wish to be a voice actor.”

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words? “Ambitious, admirable, improving.”

    This role will definitely help me be more organised. I believe it can also make me more confident and more creative.

  • Daisy Clifford
    Teaching & Learning

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    Responsibilities: To lead on teaching and learning; support in Teaching & Learning meetings, feeding back on lessons; interview support; develop enrichment.

    Staff liaison: Ms B Trivedi

    Interests: Acting (mostly comedy) and reading.

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words? “Ambitious, supportive and determined.”

    I am interested in teaching. Therefore, this is an insightful role, learning what inspires teachers.

  • Robyn Laidler
    Community Liaison

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    Responsibilities: Supports with the various academy councils; link to the wider community; charity support.

    Staff liaison: Mrs C Hoper, Mrs K Harrison

    Interests: “I love to read and write. I used to write newspaper articles for my primary school but I am currently writing a story.”

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words? “Understanding, supportive and inspirational.”

    In my new role, I would like to be able to show the community what Beacon Academy has to offer as well as helping students to recognize what opportunities the community has to offer.

  • Hannah Pearce
    Environment for Learning

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    Responsibilities: To help develop the environment in order to allow students to be supported within their learning.

    Staff liaison: Mr P Hall, Mrs A Dennis

    Interests: Ballet, modern and jazz, reading, shopping and attending football matches.

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words? “Knowledge is power.”

    I believe that this role will help me in the future as I really enjoy helping other people and I feel that I have empathy towards others but I am not afraid to ask for help or advice if I need it.