Pupil voice is at the heart of our school. We ensure that all students are supported to communicate their needs, wishes and feelings. We have established three effective Student Councils to capture the voice of our young people across our primary and secondary departments and in our Stephenson centre. They meet on a regular basis and are consulted on ways in which to promote positive behaviour and engagement throughout the school day to create a safe school that our students want to attend. Recently, our students have helped us to establish new lunch time clubs to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to develop effective play and social skills to make our school feel like an even happier and safer place to be.
We rely on the voice of parents to ensure that our provision meets the diverse needs of all our students and that parents and school staff have a shared understanding of the needs of our young people. We have established a Beaumont Hill Parent Alliance which meets once per half term.
The purpose of this group is:
To form an alliance between school and parents to form one voice and one vision for positive outcomes for our young peopleTo create a forum for parents, carers and school staff to facilitate a shared understanding of the needs of young people with SEN and to develop a joint approach to ensure the needs of our young people are met
To identify, discuss and jointly address issues of common concern To exchange ideas, strengthen skills and share examples of good practice to facilitate the best outcomes for our young people.
Students sometimes see things from a different angle to the staff and their viewpoint can be very helpful, particularly when we are planning changes to the school In Beaumont Hill, one of the methods we use to make sure students views and opinions are heard, listened to and acted upon is by establishing a ‘Student Council’ at the start of each academic year. Beaumont Hill Academy have a very strong and active school council who meet every week to discuss any ideas, issues or concerns the students have. The Council regularly invites members of The Education Village senior leadership to attend their meetings, particularly if they want to ask about a change that is planned to be introduced to school life and the impact this may have on Beaumont Hill students. The council have an essential role in ensuring any changes to the school are inclusive and fully consider the needs of pupils in Beaumont Hill. The he Council also pass to senior leaders in the school any suggestions which they feel will benefit The Education Village as a whole. Each secondary school class is encouraged to elect a representative to sit on school council and the representatives seek any questions or ideas from their classmates whilst also feeding back on things that have been discussed to their class what they have been discussing.