Pupil Voice and Leadership
The Pupil Council
At Mercia School, we believe that all pupils can contribute to school and community life in a meaningful way. All teachers are steadfast in their efforts to develop good, just pupils who understand their civic duty. It is our ambition that after Sixth Form and university study, pupils will return to our community and contribute positively. For them to achieve this, they need to develop strong leadership capabilities.
The voice of our pupils is vital to the ongoing success of the school. There is a Pupil Council that leads our whole-school body in a wide range of areas. The councillors, two pupils from each year group, support with school assemblies and Family Dining on a regular basis. In addition, the councillors meet every half-term for a working lunch and discuss a wide range of matters such as:
- School charity work
- Family lunch
- Pupil mental and physical wellbeing
- Sports clubs
- Library use
The above list is not exhaustive and any matter a councillor wishes to raise is listened to carefully and taken seriously.
Mercia School’s house system is developing strongly. The four houses compete for two prizes throughout the academic year:
- The House Book – awarded to the house with the most house points throughout the academic year
- The House Cup – awarded to the house that is victorious on sports day
From 2021-22, the school will appoint 2 House Captains to help drive competition and participation. House Captains will be picked from Year 10, following a rigorous application and interview process.
To further pupil leadership capacity, in September 2021-22, the school will appoint a group of prefects from Year 9-10. These pupils will support school events such as showcases, sports day and being tour guides for visitors.
To further develop pupil leadership capabilities, it is essential to introduce them to our societal leaders on a regular basis. We look forward to welcoming leaders from all sectors as the school continues to grow and society reopens.
Paul Blomfield MP, Sheffield Central (February 2020)