Student Voice

What is Student Voice?

Student Voice is a vehicle that enables students to become more involved in the organisational structure of the Academy and the wider community. At Outwood Academy City, Student Voice is seen as an effective way to help transform education from the ‘bottom up’, through student input into Deep Learning, Deep Support and Deep Experience.

Why is Student Voice important?

Students remain at the heart of everything we undertake at Outwood Academy City and The Family of Schools, therefore Student Voice is placed at the centre of everything that we undertake.

The main objectives are to:

  • Embed approaches to teaching and learning that encourage learners to take greater responsibility for their own progress and achievement.
  • Engage in constructive dialogue with teachers.
  • Give them the skills and qualities necessary to develop both during their time in the Academy and in future life.
  • Develop their leadership skills by encouraging innovation
  • Support the needs of other students in the Academy
  • Through student voice roles, young people will have the opportunity to take a part in the ongoing improvements in the academy environment; the learning of all students, the wellbeing of staff and students, the management of behaviour, including praising success, and the decisions which affect the way we change and develop.

How is Student Voice organised?

Everything that takes place at Outwood Academy City is organised through the ‘Deeps’ structure hence Student Voice sits centrally in each of the three ‘Deeps’, to ensure the student body are kept informed on a regular basis about current projects.

Student President

Jack Littlewood is the Student President for this academic year. Jack can be found in the Student Voice Office, located opposite the Student Information Desk, before school on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students can meet with the President and Junior Leadership Team to discuss ideas and events.

Student Support Ambassadors

At Outwood Academy City we have fully trained Student Support Ambassadors on hand to ensure that the welfare of all students is central to the running of the academy. They are professionally trained to deal with a variety of issues.

Random Acts of Kindness

The Academy launched the Random Act of Kindness initiative led by Student Voice and the Junior Leadership Team (JLT). Throughout the launch week we challenged students to be kind to each other, nominating each other for some spectacular Random Acts of Kindness. From holding doors open for each other to supporting each other in lessons; our students worked extra hard to be especially nice to each other.

The initiative is led by our JLT who also visit VMGs to distribute RAK name tags to be displayed on their RAK trees. Mr Colliver and the JLT will be logging all nominations and making sure it’s competitive amongst year groups, VMGs and continents.