About Student Voice

At St Michael’s Church of England High School, we believe consultation with students is integral to nurturing responsible, collaborative and pro-active young people. Engaging students in sharing thoughts, ideas and opinions about teaching and learning, pastoral matters and their school experience as a whole, in turn, helps to build their confidence in school structures and procedures.

Student Voice offers a sense of community and strength within the school by complementing the school’s ethos and allowing our young people to engage in decision-making processes. Student Voice relaunched in January 2012 and has gone from strength to strength, providing a wide range of opportunities within school and the wider community. Student Voice welcomes students of all ages and abilities to take part, enabling them to develop their confidence, self-esteem, initiative and much more.

The board of members currently consists of around 100 students, who meet weekly during lunchtimes and after school. Often students will attend activities and meetings during evenings, school holidays and weekends depending on the project they have chosen. Our team of students are passionate about their work and strive to make a difference to others. Our initiatives vary based on student ideas and trending issues.

Ongoing projects include:

  • Mickies’ Biccies & Brew Coffee Morning
  • LINKS Intergenerational Committee
  • 21st Century Child
  • Team Transition – Primary Partnerships
  • Fundraising for Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • #21AOK Kindness Campaign

Fundraising is one of Student Voice’s biggest achievements, with the team raising more than £40,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital alone. In addition to this, we also support other local and global initiatives, (which has increased our fundraising total to more than £55,000 since 2012), with the support of their school community and wider partnerships. Students organise their fundraising activities and events, which range from supermarket bag packs to a large scale Winter Fayre.

In addition to all of the activities mentioned, Student Voice takes part in numerous consultation activities and members have regular opportunities to share their ideas with school staff, the Headteacher and the governing board as well as our partner agencies such as West Midlands Police and local councillors.

The community office is the hub for all Student Voice activities and we are always looking for new members. If you would like to find out more, please contact Kerry Whitehouse at kerry.whitehouse1@st-michaels.sandwell.sch.uk.

“I enjoy being part of Student Voice as it helps me feel great to know the fundraising and projects we do, help others”

Lewis Jones – Year 10

“Student Voice has helped me to develop skills that aren’t always taught in lessons.”

Rosie Smith – Year 11

“I love being part of Student Voice because I feel like part of a family. A family that understands me and doesn’t judge me.”

Amina Tunkara – Year 10

” I enjoy all the community work we do and feel proud that we are doing our bit to create change. I have also made so many new friends and developed my confidence since joining.”

Kiki Paul – Year 10

Student Voice Awards

  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital 100 Heroes Award – Outstanding Contribution to Fundraising 2021
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital 100 Heroes Award 2021
  • Bishop of Birmingham Award – Creative Links & Innovative Community Partnerships 2021
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital 100 Heroes Award 2020
  • West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner Outstanding Youth Community Project – 2019
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital 100 Heroes Award 2019
  • Rowley Regis Community Awards – Winner of Community Project 2019
  • Rowley Regis Community Awards – Runner Up for Outstanding Young Persons Award 2019
  • Rowley Regis Community Awards – Finalist for Partnership Working 2019
  • SHAPE Democracy Award 2018
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital 100 Heroes Award 2017
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital 100 Heroes Award 2016
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital 100 Heroes Award 2015
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital 100 Heroes Award 2014
  • Sandwell Shadow Youth Cabinet Star Awards – Anti-Bullying Award 2013
  • Sandwell Shadow Youth Cabinet Star Awards – Volunteer Award 2013

Student Voice Spotlight Features

  • Featured on BBC Ill Gotten Gains in partnership with West Midlands Police Cannabis Disposal Team
  • Interviewed by BBC WM about knife crime & 21st Century Child initiative
  • Interviewed by Heart FM about silent protest at knife angel
  • Featured on Black Country Radio promoting mental health initiatives
  • Featured in NHS Heartbeat newsletter promoting Fizz Free Feb
  • Featured on Birmingham Live TV to promote HLF funded WW1 Poppies & People project