Hillside High School

Excellence in the Heart of the Community

Wade Deacon Trust

    Student Council

    Hillside has a School Council that gives pupils a chance to air their views and opinions so that we can improve aspects of school life wherever possible.

    Each form has two School Council representatives and each year group has two members on the Executive Council. We have formal half-term meetings to discuss pupils’ views and opinions and also several committees which meet as, and when, necessary to discuss particular issues e.g. dining room, school rewards, the travel group etc. We have also had visits from local members of parliament and a visit from Lord Storey from the House of Lords. We encourage our pupils to make a difference to their local community by getting involved in current affairs and getting their voice heard. We have had several pupils put themselves forward to become members of the UK Youth Parliament and three of these have successfully been elected full members or deputy members.

    The aims of the School Council are:

    • To allow pupils to become partners in their education, making positive contributions to the school ethos and environment.
    • To develop independence and communication skills while teaching pupils to listen to others and recognise themselves as worthwhile individuals with the right to be heard.
    • To develop resilience, self-confidence, social skills and morally responsible behaviour within the school.
    • To teach pupils about how to contribute to society and what it means to be an active citizen.
    • To provide citizenship education through the development of a school council.