Student voice is significant in regards to life at Hayesfield. Our student elected School Council plays a strong role in our school. They are elected by their peers and are involved in making the school a better place to learn. Students also have a great amount of input in regards to what and how they learn, which promotes student voice. For example, our students regularly form part of the interviewing panels for new appointments to the school and are an integral part of our internal Faculty Review System. Both allow them to shape the way the school is moving and to have an input into what makes a successful Faculty.
We also have a very active House System where, again, Student Heads of House are elected by their peers into a role that has a focus on creating a ‘one school’ ethos, bringing students together across the age range and across the campuses.
Our students lead our work on the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award, thus raising awareness of Children and Young People’s rights across the world as per the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and embedding this across the school.
We strongly believe that the active participation of our students in these and other positions of responsibility and leadership will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future.