Leeds West Academy's Student Parliament exists to ensure that teaching, learning and student experience is constantly being improved through Student Voice. Student Parliament is core to Academy life, assisting in crucial aspects of the school's decision-making.
Student Parliament is comprised of Junior Prefects, Senior Prefects, Trust Leadership Representatives, Student Council Representatives, Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl. These pupils are actively involved in interviewing new staff, discussing rewards, improving life within the academy and developing fundraising activities. At Leeds West Academy, Student Parliament demonstrates democracy in action and is an extension of the school's practical propagation of British Values.
Student Voice – LWA Prefects, Student Parliament, and Year Council
We believe Student Voice is vital at LWA to ensure the students contribute to their learning environment. Whilst student voice is employed throughout tutor time and lessons, the formal structure of Academy Parliament has been established. All tutor group members elect two representatives to their Year Council and from this, three students per year group are selected to speak for them at Academy Parliament. Academy Parliament meetings are held half termly and all representatives are encouraged to collect their tutor groups’ opinions and feelings on a range of topics related to both academy and student life.
Everything from academy lunches to rewards policy to improving the academy and surrounding community will be discussed. What our students say is extremely important to us as an academy and community.
Students can apply for the role of Prefect. Being accepted for the role is regarded as an honour, and shows how highly the academy community values the efforts of that student as a role model to others. Students wishing to apply for the role of Prefect will be invited to write a letter of application. This needs to state why they feel they should be considered for the role, how they contribute to the academy community, and how they would work to improve the academy including ideas for development. In addition, students will identify a speciﬁc role they feel they would like to undertake from the ‘Prefect Careers Paper’. These are clearly deﬁned roles for Prefects throughout the academy. For example, Prefect for History who would assist the faculty with displays, resources and speciﬁc Engage evenings/ Open evenings. Prefects are recognised within academy by a Prefect Tie. From the successful applicants, a small group of Senior Prefects will be selected, followed by the Head Boy and Head Girl, and Deputy Head Boy and Girl. A small group of Prefects are selected to join the WRAT Trust Student Leadership Group. They meet with fellow Prefects from Leeds East Academy and Leeds City Academy, and work directly with the Executive Principal, Mr Andrew Whitaker, to develop student voice across the Trust.
The LWA Student Parliament and Year Councils
The LWA Student Parliament and Year Council system is used as a vehicle to help students understand the British Parliamentary System. Each Form will elect two Councillors to attend their Local Year Group Council. This is a forum to discuss issues specific to that year group with the Year Manager and Progress Leader. In addition, from each Year, three MSP’s (Members of the Student Parliament) are elected to represent that Year group in Parliament. The Leeds West Academy Parliament is also made up of Senior Prefects, Junior Prefects, the Head Girl, Head Boy, Deputy Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and the Trust Student Leadership Committee.
A President, Vice President and Chancellor are elected from the MSP’s. The Parliament is divided into Departments with a Minister for each Parliamentary Department. Each student has been placed into a department and meets weekly as a group to discuss areas to focus on. This is an exciting opportunity for our students providing them with fantastic leadership opportunities.