Chelsea Academy is firmly committed to involving students in the leadership and development of their school. Students, teachers and associate staff are recognised as equal partners in learning.
As well as participating in the planning and delivery of lessons, every student is expected to contribute in other ways. Some are prefects who help support the smooth running of the Academy, while others are peer mentors who advise and support their fellow students and others are ‘Ambassadors’ for Academy Faculties or Curriculum Areas. During the Academy’s first two years of opening, almost 200 students had the opportunity to be involved in appointing staff to work at the Academy from 2010 or 2011.
The Academy has a Student Leadership Team, including a Head Boy and Girl from the Sixth Form and Associate, Deputy and Assistant Head Boys and Girls from across the year groups. Every member of this team has been selected following a hustings and election and a rigorous panel interview. Each of the Academy’s six Houses also has a House Council, chaired by a House Captain.
Involving students in their own education helps them take responsibility and know how to organise their time and their learning. They learn how to work with others, including adults, in a positive way, and they will develop precisely the skills and attitudes that universities and employers will be looking for in the future.