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 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 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.

Student Leadership Opportunities at Beacon Academy

Academy Council meet Crowborough TC 4 for web

Click here to read about our 2018-19 Academy Council’s meeting with Crowborough Town Council.

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

Academy Council Minutes June 2019

Academy Council Minutes May 2019

Academy Council Minutes March 2019

Academy Council Minutes February 2019

Academy Council Minutes December 2018

Academy Council Minutes October 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 Ms Robinson, Mr Slattery, Mrs Ducker and Miss Miller.

The Senior 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 2019. The team will also work alongside our Academy Council, Year Council representatives, Student Ambassadors and Subject Mentors across the Academy. The Senior Student Leadership Team will also attend and support key events throughout the year.

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. The 2019 Senior Student Leadership Team will focus on two key areas of student life at Beacon: Personal Development and Curriculum and Events. The team will liaise with key members of teaching and support staff at the Academy, depending on the focus of their role and the area that they are working in.

Click here to read about the appointment of our 2019 Senior Student Leadership Team.

A1 Senior Student Leadership Team 2019 poster NEW for web

Further information about the roles and responsibilities of our Head Students, Deputy Head Students and Senior Prefects can be viewed below.

  • Isabelle Street
    Head Student

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    I have always loved musical theatre - either watching it or taking part. I attend a weekly musical theatre group and have now appeared in the last seven Crowborough pantomimes, including this year as Cinderella.

    In your new role on the Senior Student Leadership team, how would you like to contribute to Beacon Academy?

    I would like to represent the views of my fellow students and create opportunities within the school so that we can all fulfill our potential. I would also like to work more within the community and build links with other schools, groups, businesses and the local council.

    How do you see this role helping you in the future?

    I am sure I will learn a lot about myself this year. I hope that I can recognise my strengths and weaknesses as they become apparent through the work I do during the year, and then use this knowledge as I move into the Sixth Form and beyond. In particular I am aiming to develop my leadership, communication and organisational skills.

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words?

    Inspirational, supportive and encouraging.

  • Oscar Whittle
    Head Student

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    I am involved with acting and enjoy going to explorers, this summer I am travelling to America with them!

    In your new role on the Senior Student Leadership team, how would you like to contribute to Beacon Academy?

    I plan to support Beacon by engaging with both the student body and the teaching staff to improve the relationships between them. I also hope to promote the Beacon ethos and morals more within the wider community.

    How do you see this role helping you in the future?

    As I plan on a career in public service, I see this new role as an opportunity to not only help Beacon improve, but also as a first step into my chosen career.

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words?

    I believe the school motto serves us well, however if I had to pick three others I would say “courageous, compassionate and engaging”.

  • Caitlin Beesley
    Deputy Head Student (Curriculum and Community)

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    One of my favourite hobbies is playing the piano.

    In your new role on the Senior Student Leadership team, how would you like to contribute to Beacon Academy?

    I would like to contribute to Beacon Academy in general to ensure that all students of Beacon have the best education as possible and to make sure that everyone has a voice and will be listened to.

    How do you see this role helping you in the future?

    I can see this role helping me in the future because I aspire to become a nurse and it is mainly based around working with people and I think this would help develop the skills needed further.

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words?

    Determined, supportive and inspirational.

  • Joe Hall
    Deputy Head Student (Personal Development)

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    I play a lot of golf and often play the piano. I am also very fortunate to be able to go flying.

    In your new role on the Senior Student Leadership team, how would you like to contribute to Beacon Academy?

    I would really love to help make change to the school based on listening to students opinions. I also would try to raise awareness on many important subjects based around personal development.

    How do you see this role helping you in the future?

    I feel it will give me valuable experience of working in a team and being able to listen to people’s ideas. It has already helped me to see what it is like to go through an interview process. And what goes into getting to the interview stage.

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words?

    Safe, fun, engaging.

  • Izzie Fitzgerald
    Senior Prefect (Personal Development)

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    My favourite hobby is photography as I can capture anything from a dragonfly to a 500 year old tree. It allows me to record life in one picture.

    In your new role on the Senior Student Leadership team, how would you like to contribute to Beacon Academy?

    I would like to contribute to Beacon by being able to expand the students awareness on mental health and internet safety, as well as being able to motivate them so they work to their full potential.

    How do you see this role helping you in the future?

    This role will benefit me in the future because I would love to work with people on a large scale as my dream job would be working with medicine.

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words?

    Striving, empowering, honest.

  • Henry Childs
    Senior Prefect (Curriculum and Community)

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    My favourite hobbies include; boxing, going outdoors and acting. Acting is also my personal interest.

    In your new role on the Senior Student Leadership team, how would you like to contribute to Beacon Academy?

    In my role, I would like to contribute by helping my fellow students on the leadership team and all students across the Academy. I would like to show students how to meet expectations and support each other to stay safe.

    How do you see this role helping you in the future?

    I believe this experience will help to develop my leadership skills and teach me to be a good team player.

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words?

    Inspirational, impressive, helpful.

  • Katie Shearn
    Senior Prefect (Personal Development)

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    I like to cook and bake, play sports like football and hockey as well as listen to a variety of music.

    In your new role on the Senior Student Leadership team, how would you like to contribute to Beacon Academy?

    I feel that I am able to encourage people to open up and encourage those who would not normally get involved. I feel passionate about every person being valued and feeling included. I am also a very hard worker and believe that I can be an example and also influence those who find it difficult to study and those who might lack in confidence.

    How do you see this role helping you in the future?

    Being part of the Senior Student Leadership Team has already challenged me to manage new situations; like having interviews, speaking to students and their parents and doing assemblies, which are helping me to build my confidence. This allows me to gain the knowledge and experience to be able to do these things either at college, universities or work situations in the future.

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words?

    Beacon is inspiring, encouraging and engaging.

  • Ben Holcombe
    Senior Prefect (Curriculum and Community)

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    What are your favourite hobbies and interests?

    My hobbies and interests are chess, hockey, curling, reading, gaming and bird watching.

    In your new role on the Senior Student Leadership team, how would you like to contribute to Beacon Academy?

    I would like to contribute to Beacon Academy by improving the links between the school and members of the community and also improving the amount of and range of clubs available to students.

    How do you see this role helping you in the future?

    I think this role will help to give me confidence and improve my communication skills which will help me in my future career.

    Can you describe Beacon Academy in three words?

    Safe, community, outstanding.