The aim of the School Council is to speak for every learner at Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen. In addition to making positive suggestions about how to improve the life of learners at the school, the School Council alerts staff to possible problems that learners may be experiencing and puts forward alternative solutions.
Each form group has two Form Representatives who take the concerns of form members forward to the College Council. Two College Representatives help to run the fortnightly College Council meetings and take ideas and concerns forward to the School Council, which is led by the Head Boy and Head Girl.
The School Council meets on a fortnightly basis and liaises directly with staff. All the positions are elected democratically, and in total there are 134 learners directly involved in these groups. We strive to ensure that every learner has a voice and it heard loudly and clearly.
The term “Learner Voice” describes how learners in Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen give their input to what happens within the school and classroom. Our desire is for learners to know that their expertise, opinions and ideas are valued in all aspects of school life.
At CCYD the reasons for listening to learners are:
• to create a caring school environment, which is supportive and inclusive.
• to have a beneficial impact on issues such as discipline, bullying and staff-student relationships.
• for the achievement and engagement of learners to increase as learners have more ownership of their school community.
CCYD is fortunate to have a vibrant and imaginative Learner council, whose elected members work tirelessly to communicate with teachers and the Senior Leadership Team on a range of issues. They are actively involved in the interview process when recruiting new staff. They also organise charity events throughout the school year, raising money for a variety of causes.