Student Council provides an important voice within the school community. Each year group elects two representatives who raise issues students wish to discuss. The Student Council meets every half term, and meetings are chaired by the Sixth Form Committee members with a member of the Senior Management Team present. Decisions made by the Student Council are referred to the Senior Management Team for further discussions.
Amendments in the day-to-day running of the school are fed back to year groups through their representatives. Issues raised and acted on by the Student Council have included, School uniform and Shop, the Refectory, the whole school Behaviour Policy; improvements to student facilities; the cashless catering system; the service offered by the school meals team and nominations for the Princess of Wales Memorial Award.
Student Council offers students the chance to develop important life-skills, such as leadership, as well as the opportunity to act positively on behalf of others including charity events.
Student Representative Council
Members of the Student Representative Council are elected by their Year groups. Formal voting takes place early in the school year, after nominees have addressed Year Assemblies. Every representative should:
- Have a positive attitude towards Burntwood School and the School Council
- Be honest and reliable
- Be respectful to their peers and teachers
- Be punctual and attend all meetings
- Have good communication skills
- Be fair and balanced when discussing school council issues
- Inform Mr Harper in advance if they are unable to attend
- Know the tutor group representatives for their Year group
- Consult with the tutor group representatives on a regular basis
- Know the representative from other Year groups
- Report back to tutor representatives any decisions made by the School Council
- Ask members of their Year group their opinions if required to do so
- Take an active part in School Council activities
- Join in with any fund raising for Burntwood or charity
- Attend any trips organised for the School Council
Students should contact their year representatives if they have a suggestion to make or wish to raise an issue for the Council to discuss.
The Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme at Burntwood
Each month, from September to May, a Burntwood student is presented with a Jack Petchey Achievement Award. Award winners do not have to be the best at sport, work or anything else, but they must have contributed to the school or local community in a significant way. Award Winners can also be recognised for personal developments and positive personality traits.
Achievement Award Winners will receive:
- A framed certificate
- A pin badge
- A boxed medallion
- £200 to be a spent on a school/community project of their choice
- An invitation to a prestigious Jack Petchey Awards’ Ceremony at the Battersea Arts Centre