We have a very active Student Voice in school, which is involved in every area of academy life. Each tutor group across the Academy has two representatives, elected by their peers, who sit on a year council and discuss issues arising from their tutor groups.
Over the past few years Student Voice has played a big part in changes that have taken place within the Academy. Representatives have been involved in helping to change the school uniform and PE kit, sat in on interview panels for new members of staff, organised charity events (including sleeping rough each January outside Lincoln Cathedral), campaigned to see the introduction of a salad bar in Castle Café and saw the introduction of the Year 7 playground. Each year sees students from Years 8-13 take over the teaching of lessons as part of the Children’s Commissioner TakeOver Day. Last year saw over 40 students taking over the teaching of lessons covering every area of the curriculum.
As well as representing student views in school, Student Voice has represented the Academy at Young Persons' Question Time events both in Lincoln, with a panel consisting of members of the County Council, and regionally at Sirius Academy where they posed questions to the Education Select Committee. I am honoured to coordinate the Student Voice councils within LCA and cannot wait to see what plans our students have in store for this year!
Mrs K Willey
Despite Lincoln's occasional reputation for being a small, slightly remote city, a long way from London, we at Lincoln Castle Academy have copied the city's habit of - just once in a while - pulling out the stops for the "big one".
So in March 2014, representatives from Student Voice travelled to London for the Commonwealth Observance - a rather grand affair just months before Glasgow hosted the Commonwealth Games, and made especially special as Her Majesty The Queen attended, along with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH the Prince of Wales and other members of the royal family.
Some sightseeing was required on such a trip, and of course, photo opportunities with some of the street artists, selfies with Big Ben, and the chance to compare the height of Westminster Abbey with our own Cathedral. Which just happens to be a bit taller! Oh, and the obligatory photograph stood at the gates of Downing Street. We also managed a group photo with Clyde, the cheeky mascot of the Commonwealth Games.
The ceremony in the Abbey was a little more private (no cameras - with the exception of the BBC film crew!) but dignified and respectful. Guest speakers included Lord Seb Coe and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson. It was amazing to see representatives from so many countries across the world, people of all faiths, languages, and national dresses of all colours. Yet all with the common bond that is the Commonwealth.
Our Ethos and Values
At Lincoln Castle Academy, we value: