We strongly believe that students should play a pivotal role in shaping the future of The Hewett Academy. Students from all years take part in setting the agenda for the school, with leadership opportunities as ambassadors, prefects, and head students, and the chance to represent their form groups on the school council.
Every year students apply for a position on the School Council or for other positions of responsibility. They submit an application via GoogleForms. These applications are read by the Student Senior Leaders and students are appointed the most suitable role e.g. Student Council, Anti-Bullying Ambassador or Charity Committee.
The School Council meets every other week and is chaired by the Head Student. The Head Student takes feedback and suggestions and reports this back to the Head of School. The head of School attends the meetings once per half term to provide an update on actions being taken as a result of student voice. Through using this format we ensure students are taking responsibility for their role in school and the students feel there is real purpose to their involvement.
We strongly believe that students play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Hewett Academy. Students from all years take part in setting the agenda for the schools with leadership opportunities built into a structure that mirrors the staff leadership structure.
Student Senior Leaders
Every year students in years 10 and 11 can apply for one of the following positions: Head Student, Deputy Head Student for Respect - Colman House Captain, Deputy Head Student for Aspiration - Gurney House Captain; or Deputy Head Student for Dedication - Jewson House Captain. Students who apply submit a reason for wanting the role and the whole school votes on who they would like to see in each of these positions. The votes are counted and used to inform which students are invited to interview with an outgoing student leader, a teacher, a member of support staff and the Head of School. Students are then appointed to each role based on their overall suitability.
In addition to the Student Senior Leaders we have a Student Subject Ambassador for each faculty who is appointed by the Head of Faculty. Students appointed to these positions are in year 10 and achieve this position through their dedication and aspiration within the subject area throughout key stage 3. These students support the subject through competitions, listening to student feedback about these subjects and sharing it with school leaders and they support these subjects during Open Evenings.
Students help the leadership team to select candidates for vacant positions at the school. They write their own interview questions and conduct student panel interviews. They subsequently present their views about who should be appointed.