At Shepwell, we value every student and their individual opinions. This is reflected with our anonymous comment boxes regarding bullying, curriculum and general suggestions in which students can post any of their concerns or ideas. We have also introduced a number of student representatives in the form of Head Boy and Girl and Deputy Head Boy and Girl. These elected students will be meeting regularly with Mr Pritchard-Jones to discuss school issues. These positions were introduced to further create a culture of openness where students feel valued, listened to and secure in voicing their concerns and suggestions.
We are also extremely proud of our Student Council who meet at least once a half term. Our council representative meets with all students and gains insight into what they are happy about, what needs to be improved and ideas on how we can move forward together. Our student council representative is then invited into a Senior Leadership Team meeting to feedback on the opinions and ideas of their peers. We are very proud to report that the most recent action taken as a direct suggestion from the students at Shepwell is the introduction of individual water bottles for all students and members of staff. Students wanted these as they were conscious of environmental issues and wanted to cut down on our plastic consumption through eliminating the single use plastic cups which came with our water fountains. Previous student council outcomes also include shorter lunchtimes and lunchtime activities, introduction of packed lunches, introduction of music lessons, ideas about our garden area and curriculum suggestions regarding humanities and activity times. We have also responded to students wanting revision classes and taken on board their ideas for external trips. Student council have also played a major role in deciding the colour of their new school uniform which we are looking forward to introducing soon. Finally, we are extremely proud that students and staff cohesively created and voted for the new school mission statement “believing is achieving” which we feel encapsulates our ethos here at Shepwell. We are now looking forward to the next Student Council meeting to listen and respond to more exciting ideas from our students on how to improve their school even further!