The City Academy, Hackney is committed to enabling students to have a say in the leadership, development and day to day running of The Academy. Students’ self-esteem and confidence to voice their opinions constructively are built through the opportunities we provide.
Students have good social skills and enjoy working collaboratively. They are confident, eager to contribute to lessons and show good initiative and personal responsibility. Ofsted 2011
At The Academy student voice is expressed and listened to through elected Student Council representatives who attend governor and Senior Leadership Team meetings. They also carry out lesson observations, test lunch menus, as well as represent The Academy at important events. House Captains and Sports House Captains are also elected and are given various responsibilities related to their roles, for example leading House assemblies.
All students have the opportunity at some point to be involved in appointing new teachers by giving structured feedback on a lesson. This feedback is a part of the recruitment panels’ decision-making process when appointing teachers.
Elton Cas, President of the Student Council says:
I lead meetings, make presentations, and feedback students’ opinions to staff too. I also understand that I have to be a role model to my fellow students. This is a very rewarding job. We get to combine our ideas with the student council and the school to create positive change and improvements. When these ideas become reality you get a pleasing emotion that tells you, ‘you made a change’.
This section of the website will be developed to showcase our student leadership and voice in action, as well as celebrating individual and whole-school achievement.