Hatch End High School believes it has a responsibility to engage students as partners throughout education, particularly in the decision making that affects them every single day. We aim to put democracy into action with students being consulted through both “elected” and “selected” student systems.
The Student Council comprises elected members who represent each year group and feed back their views at Key Stage Meetings. Each year group has two elected chairs who represent the Key Stage at Executive Meetings with the Head and members of the Leadership Team. The 'Community Slice' is a panel consisting of students who are deliberately non-elected. Heads of Year are asked to select a panel of students which best represents the demographic of the Year Group. This panel is used to research debate topics and allow students who may not always wish to put themselves forward for election to give feedback in a variety of formats – written feedback is often gathered to allow students who do not wish to speak out the chance to be heard.
We believe that students can become more effective learners when they are engaged in the processes of democracy and active participation. Within the school we also have members of the Harrow Youth Parliament who debate local issues within Harrow and Anti-Bullying Campaign Peer Mentors who debate anti-bullying strategies to implement within the school.
All students also appreciate the value of debating via the PCSHE Programme which is constructed to ensure we have a full representation of all our students, for example, gender and ethnicity. Students are also given opportunities to participate in initiatives such as the BBC News Report, DebateMate and The Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge.
Welcome message from our Student Presidents
During my time at Hatch End, I have learned many important life skills. Every student is offered a grand amount of enrichment activities so that they can explore or develop their everyday skills. Everything you learn becomes useful in recognising the realities of everyday life outside of school and prepares you for the responsibilities which we will inevitably take up in later life. I chose to stay at Hatch End Sixth Form due to the ambitious targets that my teachers had set for me which had given me the self-motivation to always do better. The support and belief that all members of staff have for every student is immense; this is what makes us such a dedicated school. Every student matters! Our ethos, We CARE, goes hand in hand with this principle, as staff and students strive and always push the people around them to do better. For all these reasons, Hatch End is extremely successful in maintaining a stable, happy and healthy environment for both its students and staff.
My name is Chinenye Obiakor and I've been at Hatch End for 7 years now. It may sound like a long time, however to me, it does not feel it; it has becoming a second home. This is why I am proud to be a Student President. I am able to discuss ideas to help enhance the school, to make my second home even better. To be part of the Sixth Form Committee and be able to make changes for the students is what excites me most about being Student President. I hope that in my year as Student President I can help the teachers, students and parents reach their goals in the school.