Pupil voice, and the opportunity for children to be heard and shape the future of their school, is an important part of life at Kilburn Park School. Ensuring that children have the opportunity to speak, debate and question all aspects of school life is part of our strategy to combat radicalisation in our school.
The School Council is the student body that provides the opportunity for all students to be represented by nominated class members.
Volunteering, both within the school and the local community, is one of our main targets this year as part of our work on pupil voice. Volunteering offers the opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding the significance of the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally.
Section 78 (1) of the 2002 Education Act states that 'all pupils should follow a balanced and broadly based curriculum which ‘promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, mental and physical development of pupils and of society, and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’.
Exploring moral and cultural lives of people in a diverse society helps individuals develop moral awareness and social understanding.
The school community – provides a positive context within which the diversity of cultures, beliefs and values can be celebrated and explored. This contributes to promoting a positive and inclusive school ethos that champions democratic values and human rights.
In summary, volunteering provides for students challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It fosters personal reflection and spiritual development.