Year 11 Student Leaders At The Heart of The Wey Valley Academy.

A new initiative to improve student voice and aspiration of young people is being developed at The Wey Valley Academy . Year 11 students have nominated themselves or have been selected by staff and peers to become student leaders within the school. After a days training on leadership at The Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre students have been allocated jobs around the school in each department to support younger students and help develop different subjects from a young persons point of view. They are also involved in school events noticeably leading prospective parents and Year 6 students around the school at the annual open evening. They are also helping to lead the student voice which is being developed to improve school policy and the everyday life within school.

They have recently been given a common room for social time and access to the Careers Hub to give them lots of information and advice on different Careers options. Several students have now become involved in The Dorset and UK Youth Council helping to progress topics relevant to the youth of Weymouth and Portland. Sam Darling has put himself forward as UK Youth Parliament Candidate and we wish him the very best with this exciting venture. Lead of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Culture Education M Salmon said developing young adults is essential for preparing for life beyond school and to raise aspiration within the area. I have been very impressed with the students who have loved the responsibility of helping to lead the Academy into the future. I also know the experience will give them essential skills and confidence to make them strong learners in the future. They simply love to lead ! I am extremely proud of them all and we have lots of events coming up including a big push on community volunteering in the next half term.