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Student Leadership

"When I first came to this school I was bad and rude but I have changed for the better. I feel that all the staff have helped me through the whole experience. I have really enjoyed my experience here and hated it sometimes.I like the staff and they have helped me to behave properly. I will be leaving here soon and going on to college to study "Hair and Beauty" and I'm nervous but excited at the same time. I can't wait to go to college but I will definitely come back to see everyone and see how people are getting on."    Current Year 9 student

Student Voice

Student Voice is about young adults of Burnside Secondary PRU. Any student in any classroom in any year has a voice that should be heard in school. Student Voice allows students to share who they are, what they believe. At Burnside, we truly care about what the students think. Our ethos is to promote having a positive growth mindset, we value young people and give them ownership of their learning and opportunities to make a difference.

Student Ambassadors 

At Burnside Secondary School PRU we expect all our students to be leaders of their own learning and promote positives changes in our school community. The student Leaders are an integral part of our school. The students chosen as Leaders are students who have demonstrated a commitment to the school community, great student role models, and active participants in the academic and cultural life of the school. Most of our Leaders are involved in extra-curricular activities including sport, dance, music, art and drama. They show a willingness to become fully immersed in school life. We allow students across Key Stages 3 & 4  to be given specific roles and responsibilities around the school. This year, we have twelve Student Leaders, two from each form class.

Throughout the year, all Leaders are given the chance to bring a new idea and different approaches to implement in the school. We have a monthly roundtable discussion on topics such as new ideas of restructuring the curriculum, a school participating in external events and bring any arising issues amongst their peers forward to the school SLT.

This year for the first time we have involved the Leaders in the restructuring of our school staff, they had an important role in interviewing possible candidates for positions within the school. They had to observe lessons and have had one to one Q & A with those candidates and wrote a personal report highlighting who they thought was most suitable. Their reports were an integral factor in the interview process and would be used when Headteacher made the final decision. 

Our long term goal is to involve them more in the schools day to day activity, this can include helping at Parents Evenings, Lunch Time Clubs and Charity Events, to name just a few.

By representing the school, the ambassadors are given opportunities to practise and showcase new skills that they are developing, such as mentoring, self-confidence, public speaking, team building, collaborative working and problem-solving. These skills are incredibly important to their future. 

Two Student Leaders will be selected by peers and staff to become the school's overall student leaders.This is celebrated at our Annual Alumni Luncheon at the end of the Spring Term. For the first time we will be selecting from the entire school. Awarding a student leader from each Key Stage.

Our learning ethos is at the heart of ensuring the achievement and success of all our students. Learning is highly structured in terms of the learning routines we expect our students to respect and engage in every lesson. We focus on the importance of independent as well as group learning, developing both personal and thinking skills, students learn how to be resourceful, resilient, and reflective learners.  This ensures that students are leaders of their own learning.


"When I first started at Burnside I was quiet and good but I was late most of the time. Let me not lie. The reason I am here was a serious one but my behaviour has changed, I never used to cuss teachers or do stupid things. The whole school is good and all the teachers help me" Current Year 9 student