Although the Head meets all students during their time at the school to discuss life at NTS, the Student Council is the official forum for student voice at Nelson Thomlinson School.
Each of the 40 Year 7-11 tutor groups elects a representative who becomes a School Council member. Additionally representatives from the Sixth Form Council may attend. Each representative then attends monthly Council meetings which are chaired by Mr Beechey, the Assistant Head and the elected Chair of the School Council. Agenda items for the meeting are put forward by students and following each meeting minutes are distributed to every tutor group, with student representatives passing on the details to their peers.
Any matters raised at meetings are treated seriously. Issues are discussed by the school’s SMT and are acted on accordingly. There are many examples of where this has taken place. Following concerns over missing soap in toilets, a new monitoring and stocking procedure had been introduced. Concerns were made over the lack of bus shelters which led to 4 bus shelters being built.
The School Council decides on key issues such as which charities should benefit from student fund raising activities. This year three charities were nominated – Alzheimer’s Society, MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association) and Bubble Foundation UK (supporting families of sick children). Money raised from our annual Founders celebration at St Mary’s Church funds these main charities. Last year our three charities received £1200 each.
Student Council members also take part in the interview process for new staff to the school. Recently students grilled applicants to both the Deputy Head and Headteacher positions providing detailed feedback to the appointments panel.