Yesterday, school Parliament officially opened for the year. It was chaired by
Amy Crombleholme, Chairman of Parliament and attended by elected students from all year groups.
This marked a welcome return to pre-covid normality as students gathered together to debate the hot topics of the day. Views were shared about lunch times, enrichment and ideas abounded about the ways in which extra activities or other options could be added into the programme in the future. There was a spirited discussion about the Anti Bullying Week led in partnership with the Anti-Bullying Alliance and there was a good discussion about the ways in which school already supports students and what more that could be done to continue to raise awareness for students of how they can get support. As a school we have a dedicated KESH team over 14 members of staff directly involved in mental health support and emotional support for students as well as our tutors, Heads of Year, Deputy Head Pastoral, QR Codes about the site and a dedicated email for students to report bullying.
All matters were then relayed back to the Headmaster the next day as part of the Senior Team's weekly feedback luncheon with the Head. A spirited debate ensued with other members of staff from the SLT joining the discussions that then produced a range of action points to help further raise awareness of how we might work with students on the issues that they had raised through Parliament.
A welcome return to democracy post pandemic!