The inaugural meeting of Oathall’s new student parliament was held on Friday 28 February.
The initiative known as Oathall Student Voice (OSV) offers pupils the opportunity to question teaching staff and senior leaders or to make suggestions to improve day-to-day operations in several key areas via termly meetings; these include the school environment, teaching and learning, student support, health and fitness and community engagement.
Some of the many and varied topics raised in the school hall - which doubled as a debating chamber for the day - included how a new wi-fi connection might support teaching and learning, the landscaping of school grounds and how students can influence the menu in the canteen.
Year 10 student Charlotte Weller is Cabinet Minister for Student Support, she said on the day:
“I found the meeting very interesting and it was great to quiz the leaders of certain areas of the school. The organisation was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to everyone’s opinions and ideas. “
Headteacher Mr Rodriguez said: “The first meeting got off to a fantastic start and our young MPs have the opportunity to shape the way their schools works. They will enjoy increased rights and responsibilities whilst developing their own leadership skills. I’m looking forward to the next meeting already.”