Members of the school’s ‘Academy Cabinet’ were asked how the student experience could be improved and they suggested more sports based activities for the Primary children and more places for the Secondary children to sit and relax.
The Cabinet members then presented their pitch to members of the PTA, with a clear financial plan. This bid was accepted by the PTA who agreed to financially support the students in their endeavour by providing full payment for all the items they had requested.
We are delighted to confirm that we have now taken receipt of these items, which included netball/basketball hoops, playtime games sets and a football goal for the Primary children and new benches for the Secondary children.
The Academy Cabinet also requested some break time activities for the Primary children who are less interested in sports. These included a worm farm and bug tongs and bug pots for those who are more interested in exploring nature.
The Academy Cabinet is made up of one male and one female student from Years 3 to 13 and they work tirelessly on behalf of the student body to try to enhance the experience for all members of our school community.
The Cabinet supports its fellow students in many ways, including delivering the school’s Anti-Bullying Conference, producing our BBC News School Reports, producing the Ryder Review (a termly summative vlog that is uploaded to YouTube) and representing the views of our students by delivering a termly presentation to the school’s Senior Leadership Team. They also help to enhance the student experience by identifying areas that the student body would like to improve.
Year 13 student and Co-Chair of the Academy Cabinet, Anisa Ashraf, said:
“Recognising we are an all-through Academy, the Academy Cabinet were looking to enhance the student experience for all members of our community. After discussing with students across both phases, we identified some key areas where we could work alongside the PTA. Through buying additional play equipment, the Primary students are able to develop fundamental skills, such as balance, throwing and catching. Within the Secondary phase, students were keen for additional relaxing areas, which have been provided through purchasing more outdoor benches. We look forward to continuing to represent our Academy as the year develops.”