All children are given the opportunity to have a say in a wide range of decisions both in their own classes and across wider academy life. For example, each class has their own election for the Academy Council and children use a voting system to decide on their golden time activity each week. Children also participate in whole academy decisions, for example deciding on new playground equipment, changes to the delivery of homework and the behaviour policy through pupil questionnaires.
At the beginning of each academic year, the children vote to select the Head Boy and Head Girl and House Captains. These children, along with the Academy Ambassadors, Prefects and members of the Academy Council form the Pupil Leadership Team. This team meet with the Principals and are the means through which the Senior Leadership Team involve the children in decision making at the academy.
Children are also taught about democracy in their PSHE lessons and through events such as Local Democracy week and visits into the academy by the Lord Mayor. There is also the opportunity for a group of children to visit Parliament each year.
Rule of Law
As soon as children join Maple Court Academy, they are taught the academy rules and understand that these are necessary in order to keep our academy a safe and happy place for everyone. Through the behaviour system, the children are taught the importance of following rules and the consequences if they do not. This simple and straightforward system prepares children for their future in education and wider society. The Ambassadors and Prefects undertake their role in upholding and promoting the rules of the academy very seriously. This message is reinforced through PSHE, assemblies and visits, for example Crucial Crew.