Letter to Parents First Draft by ygs12945


									                                                                                    Tanbridge House School
                                                                       A Specialist Science, Mathematics &
                                                                                         Computing College

February 2009

Dear Parents/Guardians

I am writing to you on behalf of both the Student Voice team and the Student Council at
Tanbridge House School to introduce ourselves to you and briefly outline the projects that we
are currently involved in.

I am very proud to say that Tanbridge House is a strong supporter of student consultation and
with the support of the Senior Leadership Team and Mrs MacKay, the Student Voice
Coordinator, we have been given many exciting opportunities to become involved in key
initiatives which support the growth and development of the school.

Student Voice looks to encourage students to take a more proactive and empowered approach
to their education. Looking at both the school structure and the curriculum, students and staff
work together to evaluate existing opportunities for students to voice their opinion and also
develop opportunities for them to become actively involved in many of the decisions affecting

Ten student representatives, two from each year group, have been recruited to help develop
and implement various initiatives across the school. The initiatives are suggested both by the
student body and by Mr White and the Senior Leadership Team. Previous projects have
included a comprehensive review of student council, a student interview panel for teacher
recruitment and a review of teaching and learning styles across the school.

Student Voice is now in its fourth year and has gone from strength to strength. The team’s
latest projects include an effective anti-litter campaign, an in-house student magazine, which
is being written and edited by the students for the students, student observations of teachers
and a whole school SEF (Self evaluation form) from the student perspective.

One of the first projects undertaken by student voice was a comprehensive review of Student
Council. This involved appraising both how students were voted onto the council and also the
focus of their meetings. The council is now far more representative; council members are
voted onto the council by process of election and the group deal both with matters arising from
their year group and other larger projects which affect the successful day to day running of the

Student Council, just like Student Voice, meets once a month and senior representatives then
feed back to the SLT (Senior Leadership Team) once every half term. They have just begun
canvassing their respective year group’s opinion on the effectiveness of the school’s sanctions
and rewards system; this is a key project for 2009 and will feed into a larger whole school
appraisal of the system.

On top of all of this, both Albert Aldridge (Year 8) and Sean Scanlon (Year 9) are standing for
the UK Youth Cabinet. If successful one or both of these students will represent their area in
the West Sussex Youth Cabinet and have the chance to stand for election on the UK Youth
Parliament. As you can imagine, this is an exciting opportunity for both boys and the whole
school is feverishly voting for them!

I hope that this short letter has given you a sense of the hard work that both Student Voice and
Student Council undertake to help support our school to go from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’. We
will be writing to you again in the future to update you on the progress of some of our
initiatives but, in the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please contact Mrs
Kirsty MacKay on the school’s main number.

Yours faithfully

Robert Cook
Senior Representative: Student Voice

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