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 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 schools ethos and allowing our young people to actively engage in decision making processes. Student Voice was re-launched in January 2012 and has gone from strength to strength. The board of members currently consists of 14 students who meet each Wednesday lunchtime and attend a formal extra-curricular meeting once per month. Since the start of the year the students have been involved in a huge range of events and activities including staff interviews, school events and a question and answer session with local MP, James Morris. They also held a Dragon’s Den style event to identify the school’s chosen charities for the year. After much deliberation the students selected Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Scope. The student’s have raised staggering amounts of money since their first fundraising event in May and continue to do their utmost to raise their profile and sense of community within school.

The development of Student Voice:

Due to the success of Student Voice we now have many more students that wish to join our forum. We want as many students as possible to have the opportunity to contribute to decision making but also understand that meetings may lose their focus if we increase the size of the current board of members. With this in mind we will be launching two sub-committee groups for KS3/4 later this year which will be chaired and managed by existing members. Students can also place suggestions into the NEW ‘Buddy Boxes’ located around school which are emptied on a daily basis. Any suggestions made will be discussed at the weekly meetings.