The Loop – Student Voice Minutes

Student Voice

THE LOOP

Student Voice

Each week groups of representatives from each year group meet with the head teacher to discuss a range of issues relating to the school and their experience as students.

Their feedback and views are feds into the leadership team meetings at the school and directly influence our school improvements.

In response to the first round of student voice/ Loop meetings on Extra Curricular activities – the following has been added to our provision:

Wrotham School Music Clubs

Minutes from these meetings can be found below:

Year 7 15/1/2024

Subject Extra Curricular Visits and Trips

Subject – Extracurricular and trips and visits:

Students present currently attend the following clubs:

  • Reading/ Book Nook
  • Homework catch up
  • Football
  • Badminton
  • Basketball

Outside of school they also take part in:

  • Football Clubs
  • Swimming
  • Walk dogs
  • Trampolining
  • Looking after siblings.
  • Swimming

They would like to see the following clubs and would be keen to attend:

  • Gaming- e-sports
  • Volley Ball
  • Kaufball
  • American Football
  • More work catch up clubs to get support from teachers.

Since joining the school the students present have been on the following trips:

  • Year 7 Disco
  • Camping (upcoming)
  • Trampoline Park (upcoming)

They would like to see the following trips:

  • Thorpe Park as a reward trip for good character
  • Greece – Athens (History)
  • Zoo Trip
  • Auschwitz (History)
  • Hollywood Bowl/ Arcade (History Trip)
  • London – Museums
  • London – Photography trip – competition.
  • Swimming Club

Other notes:

As this group was new to the school last September we discussed their experiences – The all agreed they really enjoyed school and now felt settled and had made friends – their favourite lessons were Maths and PE (unanimously) and Food Tech, Science. They all agreed the work w3as much harder than primary school but they enjoyed this. They all love the canteen food – particularly breakfast and bacon and cheese turnovers. They were happy on the playground at lunch, some of the earlier issues with year 7 students fighting and trying to “show off” were dealt with really well and don’t happen anymore. They all felt safe in school. Very positive all round.

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Year 8 and Sixth Form – 12/1/2024

Subject – Extracurricular and trips and visits:

 

Students present currently attend the following clubs:

 

  • Support at Grange Park
  • Photography

Outside of school they also take part in:

 

  • Gym
  • Swimming
  • Art/ Reading
  • Yoga

They would like to see the following clubs and would be keen to attend:

 

  • More sport in 6th form – Basketball.
  • Yoga in school
  • More volunteering opportunities in schools as TA’s – Sixth form.
  • Gaming- e-sports

They identified the following barriers to attending clubs

  • None (sixth form)
  • Year 8 transport.

Since joining the school the students present have been on the following trips:

  • Thorpe Park
  • Finance LIBF trip to London
  • London Activities trip
  • Winter Wonderland Trip
  • Galleries/ Theatre Visits – GCSE Art and Drama
  • Year 7 Camping
  • The Clink/  Jack the Ripper Tour
  • British Library
  • Ski Trip

They would like to see the following trips:

  • – English Theatre trips.
  • General Theatre Trips
  • University speakers/ Lectures at university.
  • London Aquarium
  • New York
  • Magistrates court
  • Prison Trip (Crim)
  • Community work – local community – volunteering – this was very popular amongst 6th
  • Language based trip in KS3 to France/ Spain
  • Zoo trip/ Eden Project KS3.
  • Science Museum
  • History Museum
  • Form Group meal (6th form)
  • Gravity (KS3 +5)
  • Carroty Wood/ Go Ape -6th form and KS3.
  • Ice Skiing KS3.

Other notes:

  • All were very clear in wanting to do more voluntary work in school and in the local community. 6th form were very keen on this being important for their own personal development and for their CV building.

 

END

Year 10 – Extra curricular and Trips and Visits (in response to student survey)

10/1/2024

Subject – Extracurricular and trips and visits:

Students present currently attend the following clubs:

  • None

Outside of school they also take part in:

  • Some outside of school – air cadets and rugby (1 student)

They would like to see the following clubs and would be keen to attend:

  • Hair and Beauty
  • Social meeting clubs – just a space to be with friends indoors at lunch
  • Rock Climbing
  • Off – road – bike riding – on school site.

They identified the following barriers to attending clubs:

  • Balance with social time
  • Transport to and from school is limited and time restricted. This was a significant issue – buses/ trains

Since joining the school the students present have been on the following trips:

  • Thorpe Park (they really enjoyed this)
  • Year 7 camping
  • Belgium – trenches/ war graves

They would like to see the following trips:

  • Ski Trip
  • New York trip
  • Paris
  • Madame Tussauds or similar.
  • Science Museum
  • Gravity – Bluewater
  • Ninja Warrior – Chatham.

Other notes:

It is clear that as students get older there is less desire for lunchtime clubs as social activity is preferred.

  • This year group (due to Covid) has had less participation in trips than other year groups.

END

Year 8 – Extra curricular and Trips and Visits (in response to student survey)

8/1/2024

Subject – Extracurricular and trips and visits:

Students present currently attend the following clubs:

  • Journalism club
  • History Club
  • Basketball Club
  • Boxing
  • Badminton
  • Music/ Drama productions/ performances

Outside of school they also take part in:

  • Dance clubs
  • Scouts/ explorers

They would like to see the following clubs and would be keen to attend:

  • Criminology club
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • War Hammer
  • Dance club
  • Hair and Beauty

They identified the following barriers to attending clubs

  • balance with social time
  • Transport to and from school is limited and time restricted.

Since joining the school the students present have been on the following trips:

  • Prison Island
  • Hampton Court
  • The Trenches (history)
  • Carroty Wood

They would like to see the following trips:

  • Lower school Thorpe Park
  • International trips to Spain/ Japan/ Italy
  • History Trips/ museums
  • Plays at the theatre
  • Globe Theatre
  • Sports competitions finals. School and external.
  • Early driving school – Brands Hatch
  • A big “company” in the city – work linked.
  • Ice Skating

Other notes:

  • They would like trips in year 9 to be linked to their option choices before starting the courses – so for example – Spain for anyone who chooses Spanish.
  • They would like a log of their extracurricular activities with awards/ badges awarded for participation from year 7 all the way through.
  • They would like a big survey to find out what people want from their clubs/ what their interests are etc.

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