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.
- Each term PCSHE devotes a distinct ONE HOUR session for ALL students for STUDENT VOICE.
- Each half term, several TUTOR periods for ALL students are devoted to STUDENT VOICE.
- The rationale is to empower ALL students – to give EVERY student the opportunity to express themselves in writing or in a discussion.
- The Senior Leadership Team selects one / two aspects of school life for students to discuss and provide feedback centrally. Tutors make use of their allocated PCSHE lesson/Tutor slots to complete a tutor feedback form, which is collated, summarised and analysed by the Deputy Head (Pastoral/Community).
- The Deputy Head (Pastoral/Community) feeds back to all HEHS stakeholders.
- In addition, VOICE and CHOICE is aiming to encourage our students to stand up for something they believe in and aim to make a difference. All students at HEHS will be given the opportunity to sign up to ACTION GROUPS working towards making a difference.
- The Student Senior Leadership – pictured below will be responsible for setting up a voting system and finalising the choices of the focus for each of the ACTION GROUPS each year/term – depending on the size of the projects. The Student SLT are responsible for co-ordinating action groups – setting up cross year teams, supported by the AH KS3 and AHKS4.
- The Student Leadership Team will feedback to all HEHS stakeholders.
“COMMUNITY SHOUT OUT”
Each half term a panel consisting of students who are deliberately non-elected can attend one of these sessions.
- One half term – students have the option of signing up – it is their choice
- Second half term - 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
Looking back on my time at Hatch End, I'm delighted to have created seven years' worth of memories. Memories that have taught me lifelong skills and gifted me priceless wisdom. I was never short of advice and never short of experiences. Hatch End provided me with huge opportunities to network, build skills and explore my academics; being able to participate in the variety of extracurricular and extended programmes which have all made my time here worthwhile. For this very reason, my role as student president is to keep this flourishing environment alive, ensuring Hatch End provides students with their own memories to cherish. From organising charity events, to making every group and individual feel comfortable, to improving the experiences of students and staff alike and providing a voice for them. In my final year here, I want to increase awareness of challenges and difficulties, and make sure Hatch End does its part to help ameliorate them.
My name is Leonita Metaj and I am one of the two Student Presidents at Hatch End High. My school journey began in 2015 and from that very first day this school has helped me flourish and grow as an individual. As students, we spend most of our time at school and it is vital to find a learning environment in which we are comfortable and feel supported; one that allows us to prosper from within. The Hatch End ethos, ‘We Care’, is practised by all staff members and students and is core to the school community. However, in light of the pandemic, these values have been even more prominent: teachers and students have worked harder to remove the barriers we were faced with and to enable our education to continue effectively. This highlighted for me as a student how capable the school is in adapting efficiently to best suit our student needs and this was why my decision to stay at Hatch End for my Sixth Form was so effortless. I knew that the dynamics of this school were one that myself and others would continue to excel within. The passion of the teachers is what makes every lesson an experience and their commitment to go beyond expectations is why this school is so good. Not only has the school supplied us with academic education, but they have outdone themselves with the amazing opportunities that they provide to students. Every week we are told about internal opportunities to be involved with projects such as mentoring and sport clubs, plus external opportunities such as university webinars and work experiences within our chosen career paths. I have had the honour to be selected as a Student President and I am currently working together with the school committee in order to continue developing and bringing new ideas to best suit everyone in our school.