New members of Ripley Academy’s Student Voice group are being encouraged to have their say on school life.
A total of 40 students have been appointed to Student Voice – two from each of the four houses in each year group.
The group meets regularly to discuss issues in school with students being asked for their feedback and suggestions for improvements.
They also raise issues that might be brought to them by their classmates.
Jayne Scattergood, vice principal at The Ripley Academy, leads the Student Voice meetings.
She said: “We asked students to put themselves forward for Student Voice and just write a sentence as to why they thought they would be suitable.
“We then asked all students to vote and we selected 40 members from the whole school.
“It’s a great opportunity for them to have their say on school life and it makes them feel valued and involved.
“It’s up to them to raise issues that their classmates think need to be discussed and we also ask them for feedback on what’s going on in school.”
In the past, Student Voice members have helped to design the school uniform and they have also influenced the decoration of the diner and the selection of food on offer.
At their first meeting of the year, the Student Voice representatives from Dove House were asked their views on the new vertical tutoring system, prefects, homework, behaviour in school and how that is monitored, reward systems and fundraising.
Sophie Gibbs, 14, said: “I put my name forward for Student Voice because I wanted to be involved.
“I wanted to be able to help other people in school and if they want to see anything changed I can put forward their ideas at the meetings.”
Lily-Ann Jobling, 11, said: “I wanted to be able to help other students especially if they’ve got a problem.
“I used to go to Codnor Primary School and we used to have Student Council there so this is a bit like that.”
A total of 40 new prefects have also been appointed by The Ripley Academy.
Their role includes monitoring behaviour, checking students’ attendance and giving out reward tokens.
They also attend academy events, conducting parent tours and help teachers out in lessons.