Pupil Voice and Leadership
The Pupil Council
At Mercia School, we believe that all pupils can contribute to school and community life in a meaningful way. All teachers are steadfast in their efforts to develop good, just pupils who understand their civic duty. It is our ambition that after Sixth Form and university study, pupils will return to our community and contribute positively. For them to achieve this, they need to develop strong leadership capabilities.
The voice of our pupils is vital to the ongoing success of the school. There is a Pupil Council that leads our whole-school body in a wide range of areas. The councillors, two pupils from each year group, support with school assemblies and Family Dining on a regular basis. In addition, the councillors meet every half-term for a working lunch and discuss a wide range of matters such as:
- School charity work
- Family lunch
- Pupil mental and physical wellbeing
- Sports clubs
- Library use
The above list is not exhaustive and any matter a councillor wishes to raise is listened to carefully and taken seriously.
Mercia School’s house system is developing strongly. The four houses compete for two prizes throughout the academic year:
- The House Book – awarded to the house with the most house points throughout the academic year
- The House Cup – awarded to the house that is victorious on sports day
From 2021-22, the school will appoint 2 House Captains to help drive competition and participation. House Captains will be picked from Year 10, following a rigorous application and interview process.
To further pupil leadership capacity, in September 2021-22, the school will appoint a group of prefects from Year 9-10. These pupils will support school events such as showcases, sports day and being tour guides for visitors.
To further develop pupil leadership capabilities, it is essential to introduce them to our societal leaders on a regular basis. We look forward to welcoming leaders from all sectors as the school continues to grow and society reopens.
Paul Blomfield MP, Sheffield Central (February 2020)
Zahra A, Y8
I wanted to become a councillor because I want to make the school a better place for everyone. More specifically, I want to enter the school into the 'If you were an engineer, what would you do?' competition and establish links with the National Trust. I would also like to continue the school's work with 'Save the Children'. I hope that this year will be a successful one for all Mercia pupils and staff, and that the efforts of the prefects and councillors will support the school to improve even further.
Haris T, Y8
I am absolutely delighted to be a member of Mercia's Pupil Council. As promised, I will do everything in my power to support pupils and teachers at the school. I am very keen to support the school to improve and want to develop good relationships with the school's leaders to make meaningful changes. Above all, I would like to thank Year 8 pupils for electing me as one of your pupil councillors. I will absolutely show each of the school's values and deliver on my promises if it is possible. I will lead the Year 8 with pride and fully represent what a great school Mercia is.
Zeeshan A, Y9
As a Year 9 councillor, I will remain humble in my role. I believe the role of pupil councillor to be an important one and I am determined to do the job well. As the oldest of my siblings, I am used to having many responsibilities. I am trustworthy and respectful to everyone. I have good relationships with the school's teachers and will work hard to develop the school in any way the pupil body ask. I aim to be the best I can be in all my subjects and work hard to be a role model to all pupils, younger and older.
Eleanor P, Y9
Hello my name is Eleanor and I'm one of the Y9 school councillors. The main reason I wanted to be a part of the school council was to have the opportunity to raise ideas, ensuring everybody's voices are heard. I'm very committed and determined whether that be in lesson, resolving and issue or representing school in different sports. I thrive in being a trustworthy and responsible pupil who will offer support to others and consistently try my hardest to be an approachable individual who cares for others and listens to their issues
Raqeeb M, Y10
Having joined the school at the beginning of Year 9, I am delighted to have been to the Pupil Council. I ran for the council to help pupils with any problems they may have and to help the teachers further improve the school. I don’t mind having long days because it prepares me for my future and prevents me from being lazy. Mercia has changed my life and my whole perspective on learning. I used to play games for about three hours a day, but now I only play in the weekends which means more time for healthy socialising and my studies. I am a proud mixed-race Muslim and look forward to ensuring Mercia remains welcoming of all pupils - from the moment I arrived, I have felt welcomed and valued. I want all pupils to feel the same.
Diniyah R, Y10
Firstly, I would like to say I am extremely grateful for this position as it is an amazing opportunity to show my leadership skills. I believe to be on the Pupil Council you need to be hardworking, respectful, and a great role model to the younger pupils. I love this position because I communicate the views of my peers and take these views into meetings, to bring about positive changes to our school. I encourage ambition, determination, and fairness and believe all pupils should have their ideas included. I am honoured to have this opportunity because I deeply care about Mercia and its values.