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Student Voice

The Student Voice is right at the heart of academy life. It is led by enthusiastic, innovative and lively students from all year groups, each with a common goal – to share opinions, make a difference and be heard.

As an academy, we understand the importance of our students’ views and opinions and provide an opportunity for discussion on important issues through the Student Voice.

Each member is awarded a badge in assembly at the start of the academic year. Their role is to represent their peers throughout the year and ensure that peers are well informed about issues and decisions that are made by students for students.

Our Student Voice opens up opportunities for all students and promotes leadership amongst young people. Students work together as part of a team throughout the year, helping at academy events, discussing new initiatives, organising charity events and exploring how to improve teaching and learning across the academy.

The Events and Charities committee are responsible for supporting academy events such as Parents’ Evenings, Open Evenings, Parent/Student tours and Student Panel interviews. The team are also responsible for choosing the three charity events and charities for the academic year and, in addition, will decide how the money will be raised for each chosen charity.

The Diversity and Wellbeing committee are responsible for promoting national events such as E-Safety Week, Anti-Bullying Week, Black History Month and Pride. In addition to this, the team play a big part in supporting Mental Health within the academy.

The Academic and Achievement committee are responsible for reward experiences, achievement systems, exploring classroom climate and teaching and learning with curriculum areas.

All three committees meet once a month for half an hour during form time to discuss a planned agenda. Meetings are chaired by students and overseen by a designated member of staff.

Thurrock Youth Cabinet

Thurrock’s Youth Cabinet is a group of 11 to 19 year olds who make Thurrock a better place for young people. The Cabinet was set up to give the young people of Thurrock a voice. Youth cabinet members meet on a monthly basis with councillors, council officers and other decision-makers to give their views on a wide range of topics such as; transport, curriculum, policing, safety in the community and careers to name just a few.

Our current Youth Cabinet members are Alisa Burzic (Year 7) and Enisa Burzic (Year 10). This year, both students led another successful Thurrock Youth Ballot and both played an active part in the successful running of The Annual Thurrock Youth Conference. This is an event that the Student Voice attend every year, where they take part in workshops and other team building activities.