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Kettering Buccleuch Academy Wins National Student Voice Award

Kettering Buccleuch Academy Wins National Student Voice Award

School crowned Secondary School Winner in national Student Voice Awards, run by VotesforSchools

Students and staff at Kettering Buccleuch Academy are celebrating after the school was crowned Secondary School Winner in the national Student Voice Awards.


Delivered by award-winning platform VotesforSchools, the Student Voice Awards promote student voice by recognising and celebrating high-quality and inspiring practice in schools up and down the country. Each year, the judging panel has the challenge of selecting a winning primary school, secondary school and student from the wide range of nominations submitted. This year’s panel consisted of James Cathcart from Young Voices Heard, Nic Ponsford from the Global Equality Collective and Annie Waddington from UK Parliament. 


In being named Secondary School Winner, KBA was recognised for its unparalleled commitment to student leadership and ensuring its young people have opportunities to voice their ideas and opinions. A key platform for this is the academy’s Student School Council. Each week the Council meets, giving young people a meaningful opportunity to discuss issues and influence decisions that may affect them. 


Off the back of these discussions, student leaders have planned and implemented several initiatives that have positively impacted school life. These include a campaign to successfully make the academy a no-car site, a push to promote active travel through involvement in a local ‘Park and Stride’ scheme and a ‘Bin the Banter’ initiative to raise awareness around potential bullying behaviours.


Alongside these campaigns, the school has dedicated Student Voice accounts on Twitter and Instagram and a bespoke page on the academy website, all of which are additional mechanisms to share information. 


Speaking about KBA’s commitment to promoting student voice, one judge said:

This nomination was packed with examples of regular opportunities for students to have a say and be heard, with evidence of change brought about by student-led campaigns which were subsequently adopted, notably "Bin the Banter", "No Cars on Site" and "Park and Stride". There is a strong culture of nurturing student voice and influence for the benefit of all. Well done.”

Another judge commented:

“WOW! This is brilliant - love the use of the school website and how students' drive the curriculum. Well done!”

Sam, a Year 12 student at KBA and chairperson of the Student School Council said:

“I am proud to be a student at KBA. The staff listen to the students and give us their trust to come up with our own ideas and have a positive impact.”

Jared Thres, Assistant Principal at KBA, said:

“All of us across the academy are delighted to have received this award. The success of these initiatives shows that a dedication to student voice is firmly embedded in our culture at KBA. Our students can see the power of their voice and the direct impact it has both on their learning and on wider school life. Congratulations in particular to our exceptional Student School Council which really is the driving force behind so much of this work.”


Posted: Jul 7, 2022,
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