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 Head Boy and Head Girl
Head Girl, 2017 - 2018
Working within a friendly and talented community such as Hatch End High School provides an extensive programme of opportunities to thrive. I chose to stay at Hatch End to study my A Levels due to the combination of high quality teaching and the many opportunities that the school offers. During my time, the school has offered me both great academic and personal support. Hatch End offers endless extra-curricular activities from sporting clubs that run weekly in and out of the school to fantastic arts and music clubs. If things sometimes do not go as well as hoped, Hatch End offers great and dedicated support by running interventions after school, weekends and during holidays and half term. These additional opportunities enabled me to gain the highest grades at GCSE and I am very appreciative for the school having the confidence in my talents even when I didn’t always myself! All these factors combined makes Hatch End a school full of dedicated, talented and enthusiastic staff and students that creates a great learning and working environment.
Head Boy, 2017 - 2018
Choosing Hatch End High School in Year 7 has been the most important decision that I have made. Continuing to be surrounded by highly motivated and ambitious students as well as excellent teachers was very important to me coming into Sixth Form. The dedication of the teachers to their subject means that they will go to any length to ensure that you have understood the lesson but moreover enjoyed it too! If anything, for any reason, has not been understood they are always willing to devote more time to your learning after school, Saturdays and even in the school holidays. The diverse range of students coming from different cultures and backgrounds means that everyone has a different story but everyone is motivated to succeed. Seeing people progress and get better is the kind of environment that continues to push me to better myself and remain ambitious. The extra-curricular activities, ranging from the basketball team to chess club, allow learning to extend beyond the classroom; as you learn qualities and skills that will be with you for life. Hatch End High School provides you with the tools and support to ensure that you develop into an excellent young man or woman, ready for the world. I am looking forward to successfully entering university next year and I will always be grateful to HEHS for providing me with the a strong foundation for my future success.