Hartlepool school’s race to find a president

Manor Community Academy write down their ideas.
Manor Community Academy write down their ideas.

Youngsters at a Hartlepool secondary school are being encouraged to find a voice in the battle to find a student president.

Manor Community Academy has launched an exciting new programme designed to help pupils have a say on key issues.

Youngsters at Manor Community Academy.

Youngsters at Manor Community Academy.

It is part of the school’s drive to encourage encouraging students to take a greater interest and continue to engage more in the classroom.

Student Voice has seen pupils apply for roles in five key areas, including teaching and learning, culture and publicity and enrichment and hospitality.

And, some of the pupils will have the chance to run for president and vice president of Manor Community Academy.

Lee Kirtley, principal, said every decision he makes is based on what is best for students, so who better to contribute to the decision making process than the students themselves.

Our high expectations of students have now created a culture where success is celebrated

Lee Kirtley

He said: “Our students are confident, articulate and mature in how they formulate and communicate their views. I am looking forward to hearing the views of the student voice groups and working closely with them to further enhance the experience of all students at Manor.”

The Student Voice team and the elected presidential candidates will have the opportunity to outline the students’ feelings regularly to the senior leaders.

It forms part of a wider vision being encouraged by the Northern Education Trust, which the Hartlepool school is part of, as it strives to improve the school experience.

Teachers and students are working together to try to develop and reinforce what is required within the academy environment, by breaking down barriers that have previously existed.

The students – currently all playing in an attendance World Cup to coincide with Russia 2018 - are asked to engage in an activity as soon as they walk into every classroom by working together in lessons.

They are made aware of what is required by Powerpoint presentations on the white boards from the moment a class starts, while an open door policy allows senior staff to support throughout the day.

Mr Kirtley said: “Our high expectations of students have now created a culture where success is celebrated.

“Incidents of poor behaviour are now rare because students have pride in how they behave and in their work. They have high aspirations for their futures and understand the role that Manor plays in helping them achieve their dreams.”