At Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, we believe that a successful Student Council is integral to nurturing responsible, collaborative and imaginative young people.
The Student Council’s aim is to build a sense of community and strength within the Academy by supporting our student’s views and complimenting the core vison of All OSSMA students will be exceptional learners experiencing a world class education.
Structure of the Student Council
OSSMA’s Student Council has developed a structure, which will enable each one of them to develop their own role within the council.
These roles include a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Academy Web-Site Student Coordinator, Communications Link, Students Voice representative, Minutes Secretary, Treasurer and Fundraising Coordinator.
The Student Council members are made up of students from each year group, including the sixth form. They meet every week to discuss how we can act on improving OSSMA, whether cosmetically, or by suggesting ways to improve teaching and learning and student progress. This is supported by student voice issues raised at each Year Groups’ form captain’s meeting. This enables the Student Council to act upon the suggestions and ideas put forward to maintain the high standards of the academy.
Activities of the Student Council
The Student Council has, for two years, been involved in a community gardening project, which has been part funded by Ormiston Academies Trust and Stoke City FC. Each Wednesday, members of the council and other student volunteers tend the gardens of local residents in the community who are unable to carry out this work themselves. This important work has allowed the academy to develop its liaisons and reputation within the local community.
The council is also involved in a wide variety of fundraising projects, including The Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support, raising funds for local charity, The Donna Louise Trust and national charities such as Sport Relief and Children in Need.
Student Council Priorities
Currently we are working on developing:
- the pupil voice through raising our suggestions and ideas to the Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
- Developing the pupil voice through form captain’s meetings
- Continuing to make a positive impact within the community through such activities as the Gardening Project and supporting local community groups such as the local church and Blurton Hub.