St Michael's
We believe that a three way partnership between the school, its students and their parents is vital to success

Student Voice

Why is student consultation important?

At St Michael’s Church of England High School, we believe consultation with students is integral to nurturing responsible, collaborative and pro-active young people. Engaging students in sharing thoughts, ideas and opinions about teaching and learning, pastoral matters and their school experience as a whole, in turn, helps to build their confidence in school structures and procedures.

 Student Voice:

Student Voice offers a sense of community and strength within the school by complementing the school's ethos and allowing our young people to engage in decision-making processes. Student Voice was re-launched in January 2012 and has gone from strength to strength, providing a wide range of opportunities within both school and the wider community. Student Voice welcomes students of all ages and abilities to take part enabling them to develop skills such as confidence, self-esteem, initiative and much more. 

The development of Student Voice:

The board of members currently consists of more than 70 students who meet weekly during lunchtimes and after school. Often students will attend activities and meetings during evenings, school holidays and weekends depending on the project they have chosen. Our team of students are passionate about their work and strive to make a difference to others. Our current initiatives include: 

  • Mickies’ Biccies & Brew Coffee Morning
  • LINKS Intergenerational Committee
  • LINKS Outreach
  • Pins & Needles Knitting Club
  • SEVEN – Living Memory Project
  • 21st Century Child
  • ‘You Can’ Foodbank Appeal
  • Primary Partnerships
  • Fundraising for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Friends of Chernobyl Children, Edwards Trust, Sandwell Cardiac Club and more.

Fundraising is one of Student Voice’s biggest achievements, with the team raising more than £30,000 since 2012. This is a staggering amount of money and the students are extremely proud of this. Students organise their own fundraising activities and events, which range from supermarket bag packs to a large scale Winter Fayre.

In addition to all of the activities mentioned, Student Voice take part in regular consultation activities and have regular opportunities to share their ideas with school staff, Headteacher, governing board as well as our partner agencies such as West Midlands Police and local councillors. 

The community office is the hub of all Student Voice activities and we are always looking for new members. If you would like to find out more, please contact Kerry Whitehouse.