Over the course of last week, we have had 4 meetings in which the pupils from Prep School and Senior School have engaged in discussions on making the college even better for them.
These meetings have been:
- Day Food Committee (focusing on how we improve our lunchtime options over the 4-week cycle). Made up of representatives from our 4 Senior Day Houses and pupils from Years 6 to 8 in the Prep School.
- Boarders Food Committee (focusing on how we improve our breakfast and supper options over the 4-week cycle). Made up of representatives from our 6 Boarding Houses.
- Day Pupil Council (giving general suggestions on whole school improvements). Made up of representatives from our 4 Senior Day Houses and pupils from Years 6 to 8 in the Prep School.
- Boarders Pupil Council (giving suggestions on items which arose from the recent boarders questionnaire; with particular reference to activities in the evenings and at weekends). Made up of representatives from our 6 Boarding Houses.
The purpose of the meetings is
- to raise the profile of pupil voice in informing the college Senior Management Team on developments to benefit the pupils in the short, medium and long term;
- to give our senior pupils (our Prefects) meaningful leadership roles in listening to the pupils and representing their views to SMT;
- to establish democratic principles and give a platform for creative ideas to be communicated and pupils to grow in confidence;
- to embed a sense of community and a recognition that pupils and staff are working together to further improve a great school.
The meetings were all skilfully chaired by a Prefect with others noting the key action points. The matters raised are put forward to the College Senior Management Team so clear actions can result and these are fed back to our pupil body by the Prefects at Senior School and Prep School assemblies. This gives our pupils the confidence that, as a College, we listen to our pupils, value their views and ensure their voice is heard in terms of College development planning.
Such a forum only works if it is led by a committed, talented and caring Prefect body and the pupil representatives have the courage and confidence to represent the views of others in their House or their Section. We are very fortunate in both respects and listening to a great mix of weird and wonderful suggestions over the last week has been a pleasure and a privilege.