School Council

Pupil voice plays a pivotal role in life at Orchards Academy. At Orchards we believe in ensuring that pupils are given the opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of the school. We have a full and active school council who work alongside staff and the leadership team to continue to improve the school.

The School council meet twice a term, discussing and implementing ideas that could help improve the school, in order to represent all students the school council members meet students in their form groups and gather their opinions about what is to be discussed at the next meeting.

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On 12th November members of the School Council from Years 7, 8 and 9 met with Governors to discuss how they have found being a member of the School Council so far. They discussed the recent initiatives they have put into action, their current projects and lastly how they can continue to look to improve the student voice here at Orchards Academy. The governors commented on how smart and well presented all the students looked and how they spoke positively and confidently within this meeting.

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Forty members of the school council were involved in this year's poppy appeal selling poppies to staff and students from 8th to 11th November.

A combination of tutor time walk rounds and break/lunch time stalls meant that by Thursday 11th November the school had completely run out of poppies! We await confirmation on the final figure that has been raised and thank all the members of the School Council that gave up their break and lunch times to collect these donations.

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School Council members discussed the need for a canteen meal deal. Students are now able to receive a meal deal that includes a main meal, a selected snack and a selected drink for £2.34. The school council also discussed the need for more signs/posters of the menus and price lists. These have now been displayed in more areas within the canteen.

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School Council members discussed their concerns over internet access to complete Google Classroom homework, this has resulted in an after school homework club being set up. Mr Dole runs the homework club on Thursday's, in the library, between 3-4pm. Access to laptops and other resources are available as well as teacher support.