Acknowledging and taking account of the views and opinions, suggestions and misgivings of all of our pupils is essential in promoting a positive ethos and to fully embed our Values. Recognising and taking account of the views of our pupils is essential if we are to be able to continually emphasise an ethos of challenge, encouragement and enjoyment while remaining focused on our Core Values of Respect, Responsibility, and Achievement.
Because we want pupils to realise their full potential in every aspect of school life we stress the importance of a purposeful, working atmosphere, where pupils can feel safe and secure, we must work in partnership with parents and the wider community. This is done through the Parent Council. We have many informal partnerships with groups of pupils across all aspects of school life, but the formal bit is done through the Pupil Council and its associated Year Group Committees.
Year Group Committees
All Tutor / Registration groups elect a class representative. These class representatives then come together as individual year group committees or combined committees such as S1-S3 and S4-S5/6.
Once formed, Year Group Committees are able to co-opt a member of staff onto their committee to act as an adviser and supporter at their meetings. Under the guidance of SMT the Year Group Committees set their own agenda. They are guided in this by ongoing feedback about important issues and there will be a regular focus on items that concern each particular year group and relate to the School Improvement Plan. S1 might look at the P7-S1 Transition arrangements for example.
Each Year Group Committee will elect or nominate pupils to serve for one year on the Pupil Council. The Pupil Council will normally have 12 members, consisting of two pupils from each year group from S1 through to S5. The Pupil Council is chaired by our Depute Head Boy and Depute Head Girl. One member of the Pupil Council is nominated to attend Parent Council meetings and vice-versa.
Highland Youth Voice
Charleston Academy fully supports Highland Youth Voice, the youth parliament for the Highlands. This is an elected body of up to 100 members. 70 represent schools and up to 30 represent local Youth Forums. At Charleston Academy, we presently nominate our members of the Highland Youth Voice from our Pupil Council members. However, it is possible to have direct elections for our HYV representatives and when this is done, the HYV members will then automatically be granted membership of the Pupil Council if they are not also already members of that.
Youth Development Officer
We have two Youth Development Officers post based at Charleston Academy. Louise Rose and Karla Urquhart assist with our Pupil Voice arrangements and transition events.