Elizabeth College works with its students to further improve our school and make sure that our students know that their voice is important. We value student contributions and provide opportunities for both formal and informal Student Voice including the Prefect Team, School Council, Eco-Team, Tutor Groups and Houses.
The School Council enables students to take an active part in school decision-making. Students of each year group elect their chosen representatives to the Council. The Council meets five times throughout the year and is chaired by the Senior Prefect. It is overseen by the Vice-Principal (Pastoral) who acts as an observer. The School Council provides a voice for the students and has made many sensible and practical suggestions. Recently they have given invaluable feedback on the new Refectory. The Food Committee meets twice termly to give direct feedback to the Head Chef and Catering Manager.
The Student Voice is perhaps best heard through ‘Tutor review’ weeks where students are asked to consider various school issues in their tutor groups. The findings are then fed back and considered. A key part of the process is the addressing of their issues and concerns in assemblies.
Prefects are chosen from Year 6 by the Headteacher in consultation with the Class teachers and remain in post for the academic year. Our aim is for all Year 6 students to enjoy some leadership opportunities during the course of the year.
A Head Boy, Head Girl and two Deputies are selected for their leadership qualities and sense of responsibility. Year 6 students can also become prefects, house captains, games captains, music monitors or librarians. They set an example to the younger students in the School and are given tasks to undertake by members of staff in break-times and before School.
School Council meets every 2 weeks. It is chaired by a member of Year 6 who is elected by the student body at a hustings and supported by class representatives who are elected in a similar manner by their classes. The class representatives change each term. The Council is supported by a member of staff.