Pupil Voice is an important factor at Auckland College. We have a whole-school commitment to listening to the views, wishes and experiences of all children and young people.
We place value on what our children and young people tell our school staff about their experiences. It incorporates all the ways in which we gauge what our students feel about our school and how we can improve.
Our school implements pupil voice as part of its day-to-day interactions. Suggestions are fed through to the leadership team and our students are actively encouraged to contribute their feedback and ideas. We make use of formal pupil questionnaires, focus groups, individual/group conversations during learning walks or observations, as well as informal daily interactions with senior leaders to identify trends of thoughts and feelings which are then used to inform change.
We place great emphasis on developing our pupils’ ability to lead, and work within teams. We offer several formal opportunities to ensure this is happening throughout the school year such as: Class roles and responsibilities; Head Boy and Head Girl voted in by the pupils themselves and a Pupil School Council that meet regularly to discuss ideas and school matters and participate in the school developments.
We plan and deliver activities designed to enhance collaborative skills and to develop initiative. Our students are encouraged to run their own competitions and to get involved in fundraising. From cake sales to sponsored events, our students are fully engaged in the organisation and raising awareness for their chosen charities.
Auckland College pupils regularly express positive attitudes towards the school and confidently share their views with visitors who tour the school. They take pride in the school and are confident in sharing issues, knowing they have a ‘voice’ that will be listened to.