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Student Voice & Leadership

Our school has had a long tradition of valuing the thoughts and opinions of the entire community and especially the learners who are central to all we do. At the heart of our student experience are leadership and voice opportunities, enabling students to take the chance to influence and understand the decisions that impact their Deptford Green experience.

Students are inspired to assume positions that develop their leadership skills through a range of responsibilities and roles, including:

Student Voice is fundamental to our student experience. We have a clear commitment to student participation and want every student to understand that their voice is heard. Through training and support, whole year group surveys, form rep meetings and focus groups, we ensure all students have their say and are able to make meaningful contributions to life at Deptford Green.

In 2021, we proudly launched the Captain role for the first time, introduced by our Form Reps. The role includes supporting younger students in form time, leading on student voice for younger year groups and presenting ideas and feedback from the student body to the senior team. Our school Captains also lead assemblies and other events across the school.

At Deptford Green School we value the feedback and voice of all of our students. We know how extremely insightful and constructive they can be, and feedback shared through our Form Representatives has led to many school improvements and developments, including the growth of our learning behaviours and enrichment programme, deciding how reward budgets should be spent, how to best support mental health, selecting our school uniform and other feedback linked to teaching and learning and other key areas of the school.

We are firm believes of restorative justice, and as such, work with our staff and students to put things right. Each year, nine Restorative Peer Leaders are elected to support younger students deal with issues and conflicts and aid transition for Year 7 students. Successful applicants participate in high quality training which equips them to carry out the role effectively and aids the development of key life skills including organisation, communication and leadership.

Students who lead by example and have achieved an average effort grade of 1 across all subjects are invited to join The 1 Club. Demonstrating resilience and determination, students are awarded a ‘1’ badge and gain privileges including queue jumps and a reward budget to spend as they wish.

In partnership with Place2Be, our Mental Health Ambassadors are experts in the field, and aim to raise awareness of positive mental health, lead on assemblies, visit home rooms to deliver information on strategies, where to get support, external helplines and support amongst many other things, in addition to leading on activities every half term during tutor time.

The top 25 students in each year group who demonstrate the most effective LORIC behaviours and have accumulated the most points are awarded the role of LORIC Leaders. These students model excellent learner behaviours always, leading by example and supporting others.

Working alongside local charity Believe UK on the It is that Deep campaign, our students have been educated and begun to raise awareness of sexism, sexual harassment and violence. At present, our Year 10 and 11 students have trained to become sexual harassment Ambassadors, and we plan to roll out the Ambassador programme to younger year groups in the near future.

Library Leaders include students from all cohorts working alongside Ms Walker in the library and making invaluable contributions to the smooth running of the library. Leaders support are always appreciated and valued as excellent members of the student leadership team.