Student Voice Leadership Group

Our Student Voice Leadership Group is responsible for driving the strong student voice that exists at John Whitgift Academy.  Students are at the centre of our Academy and their views help to shape the future of the Academy.  Students from Years 7 to 10 are all invited to be representatives for this group to oversee the views and feelings of all of our students.

The Student Voice representatives meet regularly and issues discussed are fed back to the Senior Leadership Team for consideration.  The Student Council also gets involved in a whole host of other activities including:

Charity Events and fundraising

The Student Voice organises seasonal events to raise money for a range of charities which have included cake bake sales and sponsored events as well as the end of term non-uniform day. 

Student-Led Whitcoin Shop

Student Voice representatives run the student-led shop open to all students at breaktimes where students can trade in their JWA ‘Whitcoin’ awarded to them by staff for good work, excellent attendance and helping around the academy.  Students can trade Whitcoin for stationery items as well as amazon gift vouchers.  The students oversee stock, Whitcoin and serve the students. 


The Student Voice group are part of the recruitment process for any new positions. They participate in the interview process by establishing questions and interviewing each shortlisted candidate. They will then submit feedback to the senior leadership team.

Online Learning

Our online learning platform is now embedded into our daily learning.  The Student Voice group can provide feedback to how students are finding this new platform and highlight areas of concern.

Behaviour Management

Student Voice Representatives provide feedback on behaviour in the academy and discuss ways to make improvements. Students are able to provide general feedback on how their peers feel about the behaviour policy and how this impacts their learning.

Supporting Academy events

The Student Voice Leadership Group are the first students approached to support Academy community events and have played an influential hospitality role in events such as open days, parents’ evenings, community days, science days, VIP visits, interview candidate tours and transition evenings.


The Student Voice Leadership Group hold debates periodically to learn how to understand a variety of issues, formulating arguments for and against as well as presenting these ideas, listening skills and voting.  These skills help students to be able to see other points of view and discuss in a safe and respectful environment.

The Student Voice Leadership Group will meet fortnightly at the start of term at 2.30pm straight after period 5.

Student Voice students should check their emails and Teams group, as all meetings are confirmed via the Student Voice Leadership Group mailing groups