Democracy and British Values at Cromwell Community College
Form Captains and Sports Captains (Years 7 – 11)
These are chosen termly for each form group. Form tutors select the Form Captains on the basis of being good role models, contributing to the year group etc. One boy and one girl from each Form.
Each Form elects their own Sports Captains: one boy and one girl. Pupils can put themselves forward to take on this role but they must already play an active part in the sporting life of the College.
Year Council and School Council (Years 7 – 11)
The Year Council and School Council are launched in assemblies early in September. In the following weeks, nominees write their speeches. Voting for Year Council reps takes place in form groups and the successfully elected pupils become the Year Council reps. The Year Councils meets every term. They are led by a dedicated team of sixth form student leaders.
‘Student voice allows sixth form students to interact with the younger years, an opportunity not always available at other centres' - Emily and Lauren (Members of the Sixth Form Year Council leaders team)
Following the selection of representatives for the Year Council, campaigning begins for School Council reps. This can be in the form of posters, fliers and even video presentations.
During October, one assembly for each year group takes the form of hustings. Year Council representatives present their speeches to the whole year group. Voting takes place on exit from the assembly.
School Council Meetings take place every term. Where possible, the School Council works with the wider community on projects with representatives from the town planning team and the local constabulary’s problem solving team.
‘I believe that the student voice programme here in Cromwell is a highly beneficial system; it allows us, as the pupils, to share our concerns, compliments and ideas in a way that can help our school to become a safer happier place. We've been able to input into the community and improve our school by being part of the student voice.’ - Charlie and Jess (Year 10 School Council reps)
‘Student voice is a fun way to get your voice listened to. All our ideas are listened to and responded to.’ - Sophie (Year 7 School Council rep)
Teaching and Learning
Listening to students views on teaching and learning at Cromwell is essential to ensure the students are receiving quality lessons and an engaging curriculum. Members of the Senior Leadership Team meet with all pupils over the course of the year to listen to their views and suggestions; and make changes to ensure they are receiving the best education possible.
The School Council runs an annual Children In Need fundraising fair, involving pupils and staff from across the whole school in raising money for good causes.
The UK Youth Parliament
The UK Youth Parliament is made up of young people aged 11-18 who are elected by their peers. As part of a campaign called ‘Make Your Mark’, pupils across the UK were asked which of ten issues they felt most passionately about. These would be prioritised by the UK Youth Parliament 2018-19. Cromwell pupils took part in the campaign, voting on which issues Cromwell would like debated by the local member of the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons.