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.
The school council meets regularly to discuss significant matters raised by students, and also coordinate events such as fundraising Sport Relief and Red Nose Day. The council is made up from students in each year group (Year 7 to Year 11) representing each of the three houses: Colman, Jewson, and Gurney. Students are invited to nominate themselves to stand for election by classmates.
The academy has a head girl and head boy, together with deputy positions. Students are invited to apply for these positions in writing and are selected by the senior leadership team.
Prefects are selected from Year 11. Their role is to support the academy staff around the school by encouraging good behaviour and the following of school rules and uniform requirements. They attend functions out of school hours such as open evenings and parental consultation evenings.
Ambassadors are selected from all year groups across the school. Their role is to assist with greeting guests and staff interviews, and attend functions out of school hours such as open evenings and parental consultation evenings. Ambassadors are often linked to specific subject areas and share their passion for those subjects and interests across the school with other students.
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.