Student Leadership and Student Voice both allow for everyone within the Beauchamps community to feel represented, supported and, most importantly, valued. I personally feel very privileged to be working with Prefects and Senior Prefects alike to collectively support the continuing improvement of the school.
There are many ways students can get involved in Student Voice and Leadership; we are currently developing a ‘referendum’ system to branch out Student Voice even further. Every student at Beauchamps is encouraged to have their say and there is no doubt that they will be listened to.
I feel very privileged to be a student at Beauchamps High School; not only is the standard of teaching outstanding, but I feel inspired every day to achieve my best and beyond. Therefore, my ultimate end goal is to give back to the school that has provided me with so many opportunities.
One of my main priorities is to develop ‘SASH’, Students Against Sexual Harassment, even further: it is so important to me that the younger students know that they have the sixth formers here to support them. I firmly believe that everyone can help someone, and thus we can all play an important role in being there for one another. I would use my influence as Lead Ambassador to continue leading assemblies so I can spread this message and develop SASH as to how I envisioned it to be.
Happiness is a key ingredient for success, so I and the other Ambassadors will try our hardest to ensure that younger family members of Beauchamps are able to enjoy themselves in an environment where they can flourish, hopefully by reuniting the school after such a difficult and isolating year.
When asked about the importance of having your voice heard, I cannot help but think about circumstances where if peoples’ voices were not listened to, what the outcomes would have been, and how it would be different. For example, what would have happened if Dr Martin Luther King was not heard during his ‘I have a Dream’ speech? Or, Emmeline Pankhurst, during her ‘Freedom or death’ speech in 1913? It ultimately comes down to the simple fact that if their voices were not heard, then society would not be how it is today; we all have the power of freedom of speech, and we should use that to make a difference.
Student Voice is important so every student can contribute their ideas on what they believe is best for the school; this helps to achieve a sense of community and teamwork at Beauchamps and is a great way for students of different years to collaborate towards a common goal. It plays such a significant role in influencing how the school is run, and the ideas suggested there that have been put into practice have proven to be very beneficial for students across the school, all of which was made possible by Student Voice.
Being part of the student leadership team means you are able to hold your own meetings with your team and present them to the school SLT. It allows you to take on unique responsibilities and develop your leadership skills whilst looking out for other students. But above all else, being part of the student leadership team allows you to create your own opportunities; whatever lies within reason can be achieved by you and your other ambassadors and it is a brilliant experience to further yourself as a person.
I aim to represent the school and lead the Student Voice to create a better community at Beauchamps for every student. I want to encourage everybody to push themselves so they can strive to achieve their very best and carry that determination to succeed forward in their lives. I’m also aiming to achieve the top grades in all of my A levels where I then intend to apply for Cambridge University to continue my studies.
Making sure your voice is heard is vital, it means that you are able to represent yourself as a student at Beauchamps so that you are able to influence some aspects of your school life. It enables you to share unique ideas or build upon existing ones and it is an amazing skill to develop as its importance stays prevalent throughout life.
Being a Senior Ambassador gives students a voice and can help build a cohesive connection between staff and students which is what I feel the duty of an ambassador should be. I’m looking forward to regular meetings with senior staff to offer opinions and discuss ideas.
I plan to partake in charity events and contribute to the ethos of the school. Personally, I would like to help students who need a listening ear, and hopefully make their school life easier through communication.
As an individual I talk to a vast majority of the sixthform so I can get an easy reception to any changes; furthermore, I have connection with people in lower years so I can hear their perspectives, therefore working in the school across all key stages.
For me personally, I think it’s important as a Senior Ambassador to be able to voice the ideas and opinions of my peers around me, and to help make the school a better and more enjoyable environment for everyone.
There are many opportunities for the student voice around the school – this could involve projects, events and raising money for charity! The list is endless!
My aims over the next two years are to run various events for the students and teachers to enjoy and come together as a community. I would also like to put forward some ideas on how to bridge the gap between the two sixth form year groups. Myself and the ambassador team are looking to leave a legacy once we leave, for future students.
At the end of the day, the people that are impacted most by decisions in the school are the students. With that said, I believe that if students are the ones putting forward the ideas, therefore it is important that they have a say.
I think that it is important to have a student leadership/voice in the school as it gives the students an opportunity to take on a higher role in the school which can help build confidence. I also think that it is important that the students themselves have a voice in the school in the decisions that will affect them.
Beauchamps has lots of opportunities for students to take on roles of leadership within the school. Some of these positions in the lower school include being a prefect in year 10 and 11 and a senior prefect (also in year 10 and 11). For the sixth form, students get the chance to be ambassadors who act as role models to younger years and help teachers complete tasks benefitting the sixth form. Some students in sixth form also get to become senior ambassadors; a small group of students who work with teachers and each other to make positive changes throughout the school, simultaneously gaining valuable skills. Student voice is a great opportunity for all students to get their voice heard and ideas across.
The aim over the next two years for me personally is to increase the charity work that Beauchamps gets involved in including smaller, local charities. I also want to connect the years in the school and further develop the feeling of community between staff and students. One of the most important aims is to make sure that every student feels involved and heard which I hope to achieve through my work as a senior ambassador alongside the other ambassadors.
Beauchamps makes sure that all students have the chance to play a role in the school, building on the family environment and developing inclusivity within the school.
I believe it’s important to have a student leadership/voice because I feel that we as students should be able to have an input on our own experiences and what concerns us.
I believe there are many opportunities for student voice/leadership in the school such as being able to just be present in our own education and our school life. I believe student voice is a big factor at Beauchamps as there are many opportunities for all students to get involved and participate.
My aim for the next two years is to make sure that the school continues to be a happy environment for all students and a place where everyone feels comfortable and ready to learn. I also hope to bring new opportunities and experiences for all students especially after the year we’ve all been through; I hope that during this time I’m able to make a positive difference even if that means just getting smile from a student.
I think the importance of having your voice heard is not only so that you can contribute into making the school or whatever your passionate in better but to also know that your voice is as important as anyone else’s and that no matter how big or small you may think your idea is, it makes a massive difference.
Student voice is important in identifying the concerns and interests of students in the school and empowers students to take charge of their own education. Student voice enables students to enact genuine change within their school, knowledge which can be taken into the wider world and encourages students to explore, develop and participate in school life. It’s important to have your voice heard as it exposes new and creative ideas to others and creates a whole school commitment to listening to the views, desires and past experiences of all students.
In the school, there are a wide range of Student Voice roles that all students can take part in. Lower school have the opportunity to be a form rep and share the ideas of their form group in the student voice meetings and contribute to large school decisions. Year 11 students have the opportunity to become prefects or senior prefects and year 13 students can become sixth form ambassadors or senior ambassadors, who all collectively develop more complex ideas for the school and play a key role in representing the face of the school.
Over the next year, I aim to make school an enjoyable place and to unite all students after the numerous restrictions Covid has created. This will be achieved by taking charge of sporting and social events and activities for students to participate in, and my position as senior ambassador will allow me to take ideas from peers and put them forward to the leadership team, creating a broad range of potential events which I will help organise.