Functions of the College Student Council:
Listening to students
The College Student Council listens to the views, opinions and ideas of all students in the College.
Representing students’ views
The College Student Council represents students’ views and is a forum for students’ concerns to be addressed. It also airs students’ difficulties, on behalf of individuals or groups, which might not otherwise come to light. It brings the views and concerns of students forward to Senior Leadership and teachers in a diplomatic way.
A consultative body
The College Student Council has a consultative role within the College. Students are consulted prior to implementation of new College policies, e.g. uniform, homework, games, sports and activities. This allows for a collaboration and all-inclusive orientation within the College.
Contribution to developing policy
The College Student Council contributes to the development of College policies, including the development of College rules. The College Student Council has a say in the running of the College.
Providers of information
The College Student Council provides leadership and management within the College with information. The College Student Council alerts leadership and management to student concerns of which they might not be aware and also provide leadership and management within the College with ideas and solutions to issues that students may be experiencing, both in and outside of College.
The College Student Council is a resource similar to the Parents’ Association (or Friends of Christ the King College) and can work in tandem with the leadership and management of the College.
A communication channel
The College Student Council is a vital channel of communication in the College. It provides leadership and management with information about the opinions of the student body and can also give feedback to the student body from Senior Leadership. The College Student Council also provides an essential link between the students and the Senior Leadership, teachers and non-teaching staff.
An educational opportunity
The College Student Council is a learning tool for all students involved. Students learn to think critically through involvement with the College Student Council.
Improving the College atmosphere
The College Student Council helps to create a positive College atmosphere by providing students with a sense of ownership of their College.
College social issues
The College Student Council ensures that there is equality of treatment across the College.
Fosters student/teacher relationships
The College Student Council helps to improve student/teacher relationships.
Monitoring College conditions for students
The College Student Council helps to monitor and where appropriate improve the day-to-day conditions for students.
Improving College facilities
The College Student Council has a role in improving College facilities, e.g. lockers, benches or seating areas for break-times, sports facilities, College equipment, College décor (e.g. brighter walls, fixing the heating system, making the College accessible for students with access issues).
Improving the learning environment
The College Student Council helps to improve the learning environment by achieving an outstanding College environment suitable for all staff and students to work to their maximum ability.
Raising students’ awareness of ‘bigger’ issues
The College Student Council raises students’ awareness of social issues, such as poverty, the environment, health and peer pressure.
The College Student Council is a partner with Governors, Senior Leadership, staff, parents and the wider community in the running of an outstanding College.
Christ the King College Student Council
The College Council is one of the channels through which we successfully obtain the views of the Student Voice, which we believe is a vital element of our College and commitment to the young people.
A student from each Tutor group is elected democratically by the students, with the meetings held and managed by the students themselves.
The College encourage the ‘Student Voice’ to identify the needs and opinions of the respective year groups. The Year Council Meetings are managed and lead by the respective Head of Year, which then feeds directly to one of the Assistant Principals and Senior Teachers within the College. The minutes and meeting items are taken to Senior Leadership Meetings and discussed.
The College Council has the ability to propose developments, plan and create fund raising ideas for the College.
In addition to these responsibilities, the College Council also hold an account where they are able to make financial contributions to the College developments which they would like to lead upon.
The views of the College Council have contributed significantly, historically, to the planning for Enhanced Healthy Schools Status, the Travel Plan and to the Basic Skills Quality Mark.
The Student Council notice board
The Student Council notice board can be found outside Upper College and Lower College Student Services. The notice board includes:
- Members names, photos and classes;
- Date of next meeting;
- Agenda for next meeting;
- Minutes of last meeting;
- Opportunity for students to raise issues that they would like the Student Council to raise;
- Student Council achievements and on-going activities;