The Council consists of an elected body of students, voted in by fellow students in the summer term, each of whom takes on a different role within the council. The various roles include; 2 Chairpersons, 2 Secretaries, a Treasurer, a Health and Safety officer and a Student liaison officer. The Council meets once a week for a whole afternoon as part of the ‘Support in the Community’ programme. The Council members are additionally supported by staff members who assist them in the smooth running of meetings and act as prompts to individuals students within their various roles.
The Council meeting is run on the usual format of a formal meeting with a set agenda and minutes recorded. Students are encouraged to be proactive in the way they run the Council and actively contribute to the social calendar of the college and the organisation of events such as the Summer Ball, the Student Halloween party and the Summer Fete. In this way the Council also acts to raise funds to improve the quality of life for all the students and offers a very real and empowering experience for all those involved.
We asked Council members what they feel they get from being involved, these are their comments;
“We help others” “We learn to respect other people and their opinions” “We have improved the environment of the college” “it’s about meetings” “I’ve gained confidence” “We are able to stand up for ourselves”
“I feel important when I stand up for others” “I feel more independent”
Additionally the Council offers members the chance to act as role models for other students and to represent the views and concerns of the student population at Oakwood Court. In this way it helps to foster a spirit of peer support and self advocacy and enables students to take a very active role in the decision making process. Council members learn to listen to each other and bring concerns from all the tutor groups to the meetings.
To contact the Student Council please use their email address: