Working alongside our students to continue to exceed expectations is very important to us at Leigh Academy Tonbridge.
We recognise that the needs and concerns of the students are forever evolving. As a result, we must constantly reflect upon the practice and policies that shape academy life. Student consultation is essential to this end.
We believe our approach empowers the students to realise their opinions matter, that they can influence change and that they are part of an inclusive community. The student voice strategy endeavours to bring about greater engagement and make students more reflective and responsible members of the academy and society at large.
The Student leadership team meets once a module, supervised by staff. This is made up of the prefect team, deputy head students and head students from each college. Meetings are used to allow students to discuss their thoughts and feelings about the day to day running of the school, including gaining feedback on policy change and pressing issues for the present cohort.They are then given the opportunity to present these ideas to senior leadership in formal meetings. Alongside this, they work in teams to coordinate and run projects in two areas: site improvement and community outreach. Students have recently worked to raise money for the art, English and geography departments to improve and update resources and texts through running sales at parents’ evenings and an ‘own clothes’ day. The community outreach team have recently coordinated a bake sale to raise money for their chosen charity: Pickering cancer trust.