Our students are amazing people and we are very proud of them. They are at the heart of everything we do at The Billericay School.
It is important to us that our students have a collective ‘voice’ and have the opportunity to share their ideas and opinions. We are fortunate to have a dedicated team of trained students who volunteer their time to support and mentor their peers.
We all have the same goal of wanting to make student life better. Listening to our young people ensures we continue to meet their changing needs and equip them with the skills, resourcefulness and resilience to succeed.
At The Billericay School, we have a number of student led initiatives to ensure that our students’ voice is heard. Information about some of these can be found below:
Students are regularly asked to take part in student panels to give their feedback on the school, their subjects and education.
Student council, formerly known as “Backchat”, is the elected voice of the students of the Billericay School. There are about 90 student representatives in the school. Each vertical tutor group within the five Houses sends one representative to their House Backchat meeting. We meet about once a half term to discuss issues that are important to our students. Backchat are also consulted about a range of issues within the School and were involved in the interview process for our new Head Teacher.
Backchat elections take place in the first half term of every year and are organised like a real election, with a secret ballot, using the library as a polling station. Students from all year groups are encouraged to stand to represent their form. Backchat meetings are run by a Head of House and feedback is given in meetings by the Headteacher.
Sixth Form Committee
The Sixth Form Committee are an elected group of students who meet regularly to discuss various topics relating to sixth form life. They are responsible for organising and running charity events, dress down days and inter-sixth form competitions, as well as organising and fund raising for the year 13 prom. Their voices have the ability to shape the sixth form experience and by working with the sixth form team have the opportunity to create change.
RED (Representation, Equality & Diversity)
Our RED group is an initiative that we have relaunched. It currently runs in Year 7 and Year 8. In this group we discuss issues around ‘protected characteristics’ (age, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, being married/in a civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity leave).
The Billericay Pride
The Billericay School is an inclusive school that celebrates our differences and supports one another. F12 is available every lunchtime as a meet and greet space and chill room. This is for our LGBTQ+ Community and their friends and allies.
Islamic Student Forum
The Islamic Student Forum meets once a term and is an opportunity for all Muslim pupils at The Billericay School to share and celebrate their culture, identify and experiences with the wider school community.
A group run with Schools Ministry Billericay, meeting once a week at lunchtime with time to chat about life and faith, have some fun and connect with each other. It is time set aside where students meet and make friends. This impacts their spiritual as well as social wellbeing.