Statement of Principle
In order to develop mature and confident young people, fully equipped for the demands of further education; higher education and subsequently to take their places in the world, all pupils are entitled to:
- Have an opportunity to contribute to the shaping of Academy policy
- Have a voice which is listened to when Academy curricula and policies are being discussed and designed
- Have input into decision making concerning the future of the Academy
- To provide the platform for pupils to voice initiatives or to raise concerns which might have a direct impact on the experience of pupils attending St Matthew Academy
- To encourage pupil engagement in learning and the life of the Academy
- To nurture aspiration; collaboration; independence; persistence and versatility in our pupils
- To embed a culture where pupils have high expectations of their own and their peers’ academic achievement
- To embed a culture of high expectations of conduct, behaviour and respect
- To design appropriate curricula and extra curricula opportunities for students to voice their views within and beyond the Academy in a ‘professional’ way
- To promote active citizenship by establishing a functioning democratic body with real impact in the Academy
Structure For Pupils in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4:
- Any pupil in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 will be able to put themselves forward to be elected as a member of the Pupil Council.
- The Pupil Council will consist of two pupils from each year group within the Academy.
- Pupil Council meetings will be chaired by a member of the Senior Leadership team.
- The Pupil Council will take place once every half term.
- A Year Council will exist in each Year Group. The Year Council will be made up of the Year Groups elected Form Reps.
- Year 6 and Year 11 pupils will also have the opportunity to become Academy Prefects. Prefects play an important role in the running of St Matthew Academy; assisting and supporting both staff and pupils within the Academy.
- To engage fully in their learning; developing a fuller understanding of their progress through assessment for learning and learning how to learn
- To contribute to Pupil Council discussions within and beyond their tutor group; improving verbal communication and discussion skills and developing their ability to negotiate, compromise and operate effectively
- To take responsibility for their environment, academic progress and standards of behaviour