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.