Pupil Voice

At Sarum Hall School we wholeheartedly promote pupil voice. We ensure a whole-school commitment to listening to the views of all children, whilst encouraging them to grow as confident individuals and effective contributors to society.

We recognise the profound importance of pupil voice in creating an inclusive and dynamic educational environment. By actively listening to our pupils through school councils, suggestion boxes, pupil roles and responsibilities, and surveys, we empower them to take an active role in their learning and school community. This collaborative approach fosters a sense of ownership, responsibility, and engagement, ensuring that our practices reflect the diverse needs of our pupils.

School Council

The elected school council members attend twice termly meetings with the Deputy Head as well as other guest members of staff as appropriate, and in relation to the agenda. We aim to make the purpose of each meeting as productive as possible and take time and care to both listen to the concerns of the pupils as well as their suggestions for improvement. Our school council is connected with the wider school community in the hope that we have a cohesive approach to school life. The key potential benefits are:

  • Increased self-confidence and learning outcomes for pupils;
  • Increased participation in school life;
  • Improved communication between pupils and teachers;
  • To prepare pupils to play an active role as citizens.

School council representatives are encouraged to engage with their peers in order that they put forward the views of the majority. We actively promote democracy so that every pupil’s voice is heard and this is achieved through quick, pupil-led class meetings. Designated time is given to these meetings to ensure that everyone is heard and has the time to contribute and respond. Class elections are held at the start of each academic year.

 

Eco-Team

Our Eco-Team is dedicated to promoting sustainability and environmental awareness within our school community. This passionate group of pupils works tirelessly to implement eco-friendly initiatives, reduce waste, and conserve energy. They organise events engaging their peers in hands-on learning experiences. The Eco-Team collaborates with teachers and local schools to develop and execute projects that make a positive impact on our environment. By leading by example, they inspire the entire school to adopt greener practices and contribute to a healthier, more sustainable future for all.

We are proud to be part of the Eco Schools Award Scheme and, in recognition of our endeavours to become more eco-friendly, we hold an Eco Schools Green Flag Award.

We are fortunate to have a wonderful treehouse, slide, climbing structures and our iconic beach huts, which house a wealth of activities for break and lunch times. We place a strong emphasis on eco projects and have our own garden, quiet space, pond and willow arch. The girls use these spaces during their curriculum lessons as well as free time.

Digital Leaders

Digital Leaders are pupils who take on the role of promoting and advocating for online safety within school. They receive training from Childnet, an organization dedicated to making the internet a safe place for children and young people. These leaders:

  • Educate Peers: They deliver assemblies and activities to educate their peers about staying safe online, covering topics like cyberbullying, privacy, and digital footprints.
  • Raise Awareness: They work to raise awareness about online safety issues within the school and the broader community, helping to create a culture of responsible internet use.
  • Support and Advise: They provide support and advice to fellow pupils who may be experiencing online issues or have questions about safe internet practices.
  • Collaborate: They collaborate with teachers and parents to develop online safety practices.
  • Lead by Example: They act as positive role models for responsible and respectful online behaviour, encouraging others to follow their lead.

 

Swaffield School - Digital Leaders

Librarians

The pupil Librarians help run the school library. Their responsibilities include putting books away, tidying shelves and monitoring the library during break times when groups in other years visit. These Librarians receive training on all aspects of the library, using the Reading Cloud computer system and understanding the Dewey system used for arranging the non-fiction library.

Monitors

House and Games Captains

Prefects

The Prefects play an important role throughout the entire school community: they are responsible for helping to set the atmosphere amongst the pupils and for maintaining and enhancing the ethos of Sarum Hall School. Our Year 6 pupils are able to provide advice and peer learning support for younger pupils.

Arts Ambassadors

An Art Ambassador’s job is to raise the profile of The Arts within school and give pupils a voice regarding their Arts provision. They will help out at any Arts related events taking place and meet up regularly to carry out Arts related discussions and projects.

“Why did we choose Sarum Hall? Its reputation and our observations on the school’s value system and pastoral care, and how they raise the girls in addition to educating them. Also their commitment to music, the arts and extra-curricular activities.”

Sarum Hall School parent

“I think she is being extremely well taught in a very nurturing environment.”

 

Sarum Hall parent

“My daughter is happy and enjoys her school experience immensely. She often surprises us with the breadth of her knowledge.”

Sarum Hall parent

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