The purpose of the Secondary School Councils (SSCs) is to give all Secondary students a stake in the managerial decision-making process and the opportunity to advise senior managers on practical, day-to-day matters.
The Middle Department Student Council (MDSC) is comprised of two representatives, one male and one female, from each Year 6-8 tutor group.
The Upper Department Student Council (UDSC) is comprised of two representatives, one male and one female, from each Year 9-11 tutor group.
The Sixth Form Student Council (SFSC) is comprised of two representatives, one make and one female, from each Year 12 tutor group, plus one representative from each Year 13 tutor group.
Elections take place annually, within each tutor group, during the third or fourth full week of the first term. The process for elections is that male and female students must be nominated and seconded by members of their tutor group. Nominated students may accept or decline the nomination. If more than one student of either gender is nominated, seconded and accepts the nomination, a secret ballot will be held. The class tutor will count the votes. In the event of a tie, the class tutor will have a casting vote. Students who are also Senior Prefects or House Captains may not be nominated as representatives.
Each councillor is presented with a badge of office, which they should wear when at school. The Head Boy and Head Girl (as well as their deputies) are ex officio members.
Once appointed, councillors may not resign their positions before the end of the academic year. However, if any councillor does not fulfil their responsibility to the Department Coordinator's satisfaction, or whose behaviour is judged by the Department Coordinator to be below the standard expected of a councillor, they may be removed from post and a by-election will be held in their tutor group for a replacement councillor of the same gender.
The SSCs meet weekly, usually starting in Week 6 or 7 of the academic year. The relevant Department Coordinator chairs the meeting. The Head Teacher, Ms Emma Bowie, and the Assistant Head Teacher, Mr John Lambert, attend these meetings on a regular basis. The Principal, Mr Paul Shropshire, and Public Relations Manager, Miss Patricia Whelan, sometimes also attend. Each Year 6-11 councillor attends to represent their tutor group every other week. If the councillor whose turn it is to attend is absent, the other councillor in their tutor group should attend in their place. If neither councillor is present, no student from the tutor group should attend that week. Year 12-13 councillors attend every week.
It is intended that SSC meetings finish at 07.50, the same as Morning Tutor Time. However, if a meeting runs a little over time and any councillor is late for Lesson 1 as a result, they will not be logged for having been late. If a meeting runs over time, any councillor who needs to leave at 07.50, for example because of a formal assessment, should simply get up and go to their lesson.
Issues frequently discussed include school events, charity ventures, facilities, uniform and catering. Minutes of each SSC meeting are posted on the VLE and emailed to class tutors. During the next PSHE lesson after each meeting, Year 6-11 councillors are required to brief their tutor group about matters discussed. Councillors are also given an opportunity to poll their tutor groups for new issues to be added to the agenda and discussed at the next meeting.
In accordance with the Secondary Housepoint System, councillors (as well as Senior Prefects in attendance) receive one housepoint for each SSC meeting that they have attended and for which they have ticked the attendance register.
Middle Department Student Council is also attended by Senior Prefects Moneer Mourad, Elia Davi, Ayesha Tasawar and Dheviany Reformitta Fatimah, by Deputy Head Girl Batool Zehra Husaini and by Deputy Head Boy Saad Zahoor.
Upper Department Student Council is also attended by Senior Prefects Ahmed Mohamed, Manan Madhok, Dayne Hall and Razan Abusam, by Deputy Head Girl Roseanne Ismail and by Deputy Head Boy Thomas Holgate.
Sixth Form Student Council is also attended by Head Boy Alexander White and Head Girl Meral Al-Shair.
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