We have a very special team of young people at Stewards Academy who make up our School Council. This is a longstanding council, which comprises over fifty pupils from year 7 to 11.
Each year a considerable number of children put their names forward for election to our School Council in a democratic process which is familiar to everyone. Pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 propose themselves for the School Council and then they all make a speech to their year group in assembly. Pupils then vote for the 10 candidates of their choice, votes are counted and the 10 pupils with the highest number of votes are elected.
Pupils in Year 10 and 11 write a letter of application for the post and then pupils in those year groups also vote for the candidates of their choice.
The whole School Council meets formally with the Headteacher and Mrs Erwood every month to discuss relevant issues and to make choices regarding the Jack Petchey Award Scheme. Visitors regularly come along to meet members of the School Council and they are well known for their active role in the life of the school and their articulate views on school life. The last OFSTED inspection specifically commented on the significant role of the School Council in raising pupil aspirations and reflecting the positive ethos of the School.