The student leadership team within the school known as the Pupil Leadership Group (PLG) have an extremely important role within the school. The PLG endeavour to ensure the school and all of the pupils enjoy their experience at Cardinal Wiseman, that all pupils know that their voices are heard and concerns are shared and that action is taken. The PLG are passionate, enthusiastic and work hard to make a positive difference to their school. The PLG work within the school community to contribute to all aspects of school life including the academic, social and spiritual, to ensure they enrich everyone’s experience at Cardinal Wiseman.
How does every pupil have a voice? Every 4th Friday is Student Leadership Friday (SLF). This is when all students can be considered. Year councils meet, faculties meet with students, societies meet and every tutor group will be either discussing the key question (the key question is a question which either the PLG or Senior Management would like the answers) or they have the opportunity to question something they are unsure of. They then send their feedback to the PLG via email they inform the PLG of any topics or apprehensions they may be experiencing.
No meetings; nor assemblies are timetabled on this day to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to discuss school life. These dates are included on the staff school calendar.
The PLG is the central group who discuss whole school feedback on the Friday after SLF.
Every 5th Friday is when the PLG meet to discuss the feedback from SLF.
PLG lead the student body and listen to their thoughts on how to make changes in school. The current aims for the PLG for the 2013-2014 academic year:
The PLG is now larger and includes 35 students who are now known as the Pupil Leadership Group/ Senior Leadership Team (PLG/SLT).
They are working on improving communications and have arranged a regular meeting every second week to ensure they are working on their own individual projects. The pupils wanted enthusiastic and dedicated pupils to join the PLG so set up a formal application process in which the pupils applied in writing if they were interested. The PLG then selected pupils for interview from the applications. The pupils interviewed the candidates formally and sent them a formal acceptance or rejection letter following the interviews.
The large communications team are working on many projects.
Other projects The pupils are working on a variety of ways to achieve their goals throughout the year: