In order to focus on the pupil experience here at Lawn Manor Academy, we feel its voice must be heard. We take pride in the fact that our Pupil Leadership model is not just a method for staff to implement change under the guise of it being the pupil’s idea, but actually a system that pupils have an active role in creating and sustaining.
Although pupils are able to approach staff with ideas and suggestions on a day-to-day basis, the opportunity to have a sense of ownership over the direction of the school has been embedded into our I LEARN sessions. This allows us to increase pupil engagement and interaction with school life by having termly areas of focus; these look at key elements of school life, above and beyond the curriculum pupils study. By vertically reviewing pupils’ experience around school (starting at ILEARN group level and expanding to Senior Leadership and Governors), we ensure that relevant and proactive feedback can be heard from all pupils, by all staff.
A fundamental part of this process is the Student Leadership Team. Although all the ILEARN feedback comes to the Head of Student Support, it is then reviewed by the Head Boy & Girl, who take their findings on to the Senior Leadership Team and the Local Governing Board. This ensures that the data is not engineered to suit the staff’s agenda, but that the pupil experience is genuinely reflected at those discussions, as it is being voiced by pupils themselves. Working this way allows us as staff to be challenged in an appropriate manner about life here at Lawn Manor Academy and, although some suggestions are unlikely to result in seismic change (we may not be able to build that swimming pool!), many areas of life at Lawn Manor Academy exist because of pupil input, rather than top-down enforcement.
Alongside the Head Boy & Girl we have a team of Year 10 Prefects, who work with lower school pupils to continue their successful transition from local primary schools, a Lawn Manor Academy interview team (comprised of Year 7, 9 and 11 pupils) who are a central part in the recruitment of new staff and also a Year 8 student reception, giving all learners in the year the opportunity to be the face of Lawn Manor Academy for visiting guests and professionals.
#theLawnManorway is not just a tagline, it is a journey facilitated by our fantastic teaching and pastoral staff, but very much led by our learners.
Welcome to Lawn Manor Academy. We are in Year 11 and are Lawn Manor Academy’s Head Boy and Girl for 2019/20, Fran and Kate. Starting life at Lawn Manor Academy is an amazing experience. The transition between Primary and Secondary is a unique feeling. The freedom and new environments that you are given in this school is amazing. There are many different emotions running through a pupil’s mind when thinking of Year 7, but let us tell you now it is completely fine to feel nervous, scared and even anxious about the first day of secondary school.
We have both experienced the feeling, it is frightening but I’m sure the staff here at Lawn Manor will receive you with open arms. Within our time at Lawn Manor we have been supported academically and emotionally by our teachers and staff. If you ask, your teachers will always try to suggest something to help you with that struggle.
As we have moved through the years we were able to create personal bonds with teachers. This meant we were able to share jokes and laughs however we are still able to learn and get the grades we want. You will never feel alone. When you come to Lawn Manor Academy your year will be given a designated Head of Year. This is a member of staff you are able to go to with concerns. Having a Head of Year really benefited us as it was one person we trusted that we could go to with anything.
Do you play any instruments? Do you love to dance? Maybe Music and Dance isn’t your thing, but life at Lawn Manor Academy doesn’t just stop at 3.00 pm – there are many clubs you can join such as Dance, Drama, Football, Basketball and many more. Also Rachel in the Library holds Movie and Bingo afternoons!
If your worries are about bullies, mean teachers or any one picking on you, the worry must stop. I can assure you our school policy does not allow any bullying conducted in school. All teachers are friendly and approachable.
We hope we have cleared a few things up and made you feel less worried.
Thank you for listening.
Our Prefects for 2019-20
Term 1: Behaviour & Safety
Term 2: Teaching & Learning
Term 3: Well-being & Community
Term 4: Environment
Term 6: Enrichment & Personal Development