Happy holidays!

All students to return to school at 8:45am on Monday 5th September 2016.

Student Voice

The Ark Helenswood School Council is run by the Head Girl of the academy and her Head Girl team for each academic year.

The Head Girl of Ark Helenswood for 2015-2016 is: Febienne Fuller

Febienne is ably supported by:

  • Ella Millard (Deputy Head Girl supporting Year 7)
  • Rebecca Sweetman (Deputy Head Girl supporting Year 8)
  • Maisie Khan (Head Girl of the Lower School and supporting Year 9)
  • Chantal Markowskil (Deputy Head Girl supporting Year 10)
  • Grace Quinnell (Deputy Head Girl of the Lower School)
  • Jessica Warburton (Communications Officer)
  • Amber Pearson (Academy Fundraiser)

All School Council meetings run on Wednesday afternoons from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

The New Heads of Houses are:

  • Amber Ani - Curie
  • Sophie Bailey - Pankhurst
  • Fleur Grimmer - Austen
  • Maisie Mewburn - Nightingale

Their role will be to run charity events and the House prefects. Their deputies at the lower are Aise Gaidamavicuite (Austen), Lily Rothermell (Curie), Hollie Dale (Nightingale), and Emily Vaughan (Pankhurst).

Congratulations to them all and have a great year!

WHAT IS STUDENT VOICE?

Ark Helenswood Academy is a community. We are the students, teachers, support staff and parents.

Student Voice encompasses all the ways in which the young people of the school have power over their own learning and environment. This allows us to shape and participate in, a cycle of ever-improving change, so that we can achieve our potential and enjoy doing it.

Our experience at the academy is our responsibility. We intend, by using our voices appropriately, that the academy, which is us all, can constantly grow and flourish.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

Every tutor group is represented by a democratically appointed School Council member. The SC meets around once a fortnight. It is led by the Head girl and supported by the wider Student Leadership team. We discuss teaching and learning, rewards, behaviour, safety, homework, celebrations, and community work. We ask questions of staff and the wider leadership of the school and work together creatively as a community to solve any problems in the academy and consider how to excel, to be the best. The minutes are discussed in senior teacher meetings and responded to.

THE HEAD-GIRL TEAM

In addition to leading the School Council, the Head-Girl team aspires to be model ‘Ark Helenswood Girls’ at all times; we are proud to be ambassadors for our school.

We have regular meetings with the Principal, to ensure there is an honest conversation between students and teachers. Student Buzz events allow us to listen to a wider student group to find out beliefs, concerns and ideas people have about particular aspects of school life. We also organise and support other events, including the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party and the Prom at the end of Year 11.

We lead on projects which inspire us and are close to our hearts. So far this year, we have led on the Where’s Wally Day and Student Success Awards for Year 10. We will be leading a range of charity events over the course of the academic year, and also organizing a Careers Convention for girls in the academy. All funds raised in the academy this year will be supporting our chosen charity: Place2Be. Place2Be work in our academy to support our peers, and this year we wanted to be able to give something back to them. To find out more about the work of Place2Be please click here.

THE HOUSE TEAM

The four Houses at Ark Helenswood are Austen, Curie, Nightingale and Pankhurst.  As House Leaders, we not only support the Head-girl Team in their everyday roles, but we also lead the charity days over the year. We also lead Inter-house competitions.

THE PREFECTS, LIBRARIANS AND PEER MENTORS

The two main Leadership Teams are fully supported by prefects at both sites. This was a new system in 2014-2015. We are visible, responsible peer buddies for younger students who may need a little bit of help at break or lunch. We also serve as guides to visitors who want to know more about our school. Several students also lead the library at times throughout the day.

STUDENT VOICE: CLUBS & ENRICHMENT

We have had opportunities to be part of the e-Safety Group and now the Anti-Bullying Group at the academy. We are developing a Peer Mentor system at the Lower School, so that there are other people than teachers who students can talk to. We aim to achieve the Silver Mark Award, which entails embedding an anti-bullying ethos across the academy community. We’ve noticed changes this year, due to our work: all staff on duty wear high visibility jackets and go to areas of the sites where students have said they are needed.

The Academy has a Debating Club and is building a Modern United Nations Team. To find out more about joining clubs in our academy click here.

We’ve taken part in Student Takeover Days, where we’ve collaborated with teachers on what to teach and been in charge of the classrooms, with a little bit of a difference.

Teachers at Ark Helenswood Academy, like to receive feedback from students as appropriate, on their lessons or the curriculum. We have trained Learning Partners who on the request of a teacher, can be a critical friend, observing a specific focus. Hopefully, as time goes on, this will give us a chance to have better and better learning experiences by building more opportunities to talk and plan with our teachers.

We have built strong links with many local schools to support them in developing their own Student Councils.