The role of the students in the life of the school is an important one. There are a range of opportunities for students to contribute to the development of the school at all stages of their career and support the leadership of the House System. Students are encouraged to contribute formally and informally in a number of ways and through a variety of structures; from school council meetings to student surveys.
Roles within student leadership
The formal roles available to students are highly regarded and an excellent opportunity to contribute to the development of the school. All student leaders act as excellent role models for the student body:
Student Ambassador is a position held by Year 8 students only and is an opportunity to assist for a day with meeting and greeting visitors, conduct tours, be involved with interviews and represent the student body of Trafalgar School at the front of school.
Tutor Representatives attend council meetings and represent their tutor group’s views.
Student Heads of House are elected by the students and hold the most senior House Leadership positions available.
Prefect positions are open to upper school students only. Prefects hold key responsibilities and represent the school regularly at different events.
Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl (Year 11) supports the Head Boy and Head Girl in their day to day running of the school. This is the penultimate leadership position available to students in the school. Deputy Head Boy / Girl are depended upon to represent the school at numerous events and represent the Head Boy / Girl in their absence.
Head Boy and Head Girl (Year 11) are the most senior student leadership roles in the school. The Head Boy / Girl meet regularly with the Headteacher, represent the student body at parent events and attend Governing Body meetings.
Student Senior Leadership Team (SSLT)
Student Voice is an extremely important mechanism for the pupils at Trafalgar School to communicate their ideas, initiatives, thoughts and opinions to other pupils, members of staff and the wider school community. The SSLT represents the wider student body at Trafalgar School. Consequently, the students determine the focus of agendas for House council meetings and SSLT meetings. A number of different bodies feed into the SSLT:
- A representative from each tutor group sits on their relevant House Council. These councils are chaired by the Head of House.
- Two representatives from each House Council sit on the SSLT. The council meets at least once every half term and is chaired by Pete Dudley.
- The Head Boy / Head Girl chair the SSLT and will attend and contribute to SLT meetings once each term and the LGB.
In the last half term of 2016-17, the SSLT:
- Defined the school values
- Created the Trafalgar School RRSA Charter
- Voted in the Head Boy / Head Girl process
- Sat on student panels for all new recruitment of staff.