Ysgol Stanwell School

Archer Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2XL

Learner Voice

What is Learner Voice?

‘Learner Voice’ is a term used to describe activities that enable pupils to work in partnership with their teachers. It involves a co-operative approach between teachers and students involving shared decision making and evaluation to enable improvement and progress.

Learner Voice Structure

Learner Voice at Stanwell is promoted through five groups, each with responsibility for a range of groups and activities.

Stanwell School Learner Voice
Student Council
Chair & Sec: KW & CK
4 KS3 Members
6 KS4 Members
4 KS5 Members
Environment Community Learning & Teaching Healthy Schools
1 Teacher: JLA 1 Teacher: KW 1 Teacher: KW 1 Teacher: LC
2x KS5 councillors 2x KS5 councillors 15x Y12 Learning Partners 2x KS5 councillors
2x reps per year group 2x reps per year group 9x Teaching Partners 2x reps per year group
Eco-Schools, site & buildings, recycling. Events, community links, charities. L & T surveys, lesson reviews, self evaluation. 5×60, SNAG, Healthy Eating
Plus any other interested pupils

Student Council and Committee Meetings will be held after school usually on Mondays. Suggested Rotation of meetings: Week 1-Student Council; Week 2-Committees; Week 3-Year Councils.

Senior Prefects and Prefect Team

The Senior Prefects Team works closely with the SLT and Learner Voice groups to support both learners and teachers. They also initiate and run a number of new initiatives. This year they set up a ‘Subject Prefect’ team encouraging pupils to contact a prefect with any queries in a specific subject whether it is exam, university or course related. Prefects also attended Y11 options evening talks and were on hand at subject stands to answer queries from prospective sixth form students. They also carried out a survey of Year 12 students regarding University intentions and held specific talks about Universities and courses. Exam preparation assemblies were held in the lead-up to the exam period for Years 12, 11 and 10 to emphasise their importance for careers and Higher Education courses. The team ran a student support scheme to help Year 11 Maths students prepare for November examinations.
As a result of their keen interest in current affairs they recently organised a 5-way political debate between local candidates. This was a ‘Question Time’-style event involving polling and recording of answers and manifestos in preparation for a school-wide mock general election. In order to develop further Stanwell’s links with Lesotho they have also promoted locally-run schemes such as the ‘Lego-collection’ and set up a pen-pal system for students.

What is 5×60?

5×60 is a Welsh Government initiative aimed at getting kids active and hooked on sport for life. Our aim is to encourage you to complete 60 minutes of exercise 5 times a day by offering lunch time and after school clubs and competitions.

Community/Charity Committee

The ‘Community Group’ is responsible for organising and promoting charity events and developing links with our local community.

Past Charity Events

Healthy Schools News

What is the Healthy Schools Scheme?

stanwell-healthy-schools-logo-2014Stanwell is a health promoting school, which actively encourages the core areas of school life which affect health and well being.

Pupils take key roles in decision making and participation in order to improve the health and environment of their school.

We adopt a whole school approach across the seven different health topics: food and fitness, mental and emotional health and well being, personal development and relationships, substance use and misuse, environment, safety and hygiene.

Food and Fitness

Food and nutrition, physical activity and sport are seen as integral parts of the broad educative process of every child.  The health and welfare of all children sits at the heart of the Food and Nutrition policy and reflects the core values of the school in maximising every child’s potential.

Stanwell has a SNAG group (Schools Nutrition Action Group), comprised of of pupils, teachers, the Healthy Schools Coordinator and catering staff, where Change for Life and food standards are considered in relation to the school.

Our 5×60 Officer ensures there are plenty of after-school clubs to give pupils the opportunity to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities all year round.

Food and Fitness Fun Run 2014

Mental and Emotional Health and Well Being

Well-being and emotional health are at the heart of the School Effectiveness Framework and have been given increased emphasis at Stanwell since new Estyn recommendations in 2010.

The Welsh Assembly Government has released a Well-being Good Practice document.

Personal Development and Relationships

Stanwell’s personal development and relationship policies aim to provide pupils with information about growth and development and to raise awareness about themselves and develop respect for others.  Strong and supportive relationships are encouraged and appreciated.

Substance Use and Misuse

Stanwell aims to enable pupils to make informed choices by increasing their knowledge about substances and providing opportunities for them to explore their own and others’ attitudes.

Staff from Cardiff and Vale Public Health Team, University Health Board, Inroads and Newlink Wales have joined forces to offer schools a comprehensive package of support around this action area.  Red Button is a drugs and alcohol information and education service initiative aimed at young people in Cardiff and the Vale.

The Welsh Assembly Government have also published the following documentation: Guidance for Substance Misuse Education.

Building Bird Boxes


Stanwell takes every opportunity to enhance the environment of the school. We aim to enable pupils to learn how to care for and protect their environment and practice the key concepts of ESDGC. The Eco-Schools committee also encourages pupils to engage with environmental and sustainable development issues.


Stanwell has an up to date Health and Safety policy.  We also implement safety procedures (sun safety, internet safety etc) through relevant lessons and the PSE programme.


Stanwell follows the recommendations of ‘Teach Germs a Lesson’ to ensure that hygiene is taught properly across the school. We recognise the importance to pupils and staff of preventing and dealing with infections efficiently and effectively.

The Welsh Assembly Government have released infection control guidance for Primary and Secondary Schools: Teach Germs a Lesson!

Sixth form cafe

Student Council

Our missions statement:

“Stanwell Student Council will give pupils the opportunity to voice their opinion on, participate in, and improve the running of the school. All pupils will be listened to, all ideas and suggestions will be considered and feedback will be given. The Council will work with all staff and pupils to help make Stanwell a friendly, positive, and supportive learning environment.”

The Student Council consists of two elected pupils from each year council – one boy and one girl. Each year council consists of twenty pupils – two elected from each form group. Year councils meet several times each half term and the Student Council meets at least once each half term.

Mr Watkins is the school council link teacher and at least one member of the Senior Leadership Team attends every meeting.

The Student Council links all the other Learner Voice Groups together and provides a forum for each group to update pupils on recent and planned events. Each Year Council has two Y13 Prefects attached to it to help plan and run meetings.

Get Involved

You don’t have to be a member of the council to join in. Either speak to your year councillor, year tutor or contact your Student Council with suggestions for improving any aspect of school life by e-mailing: schoolcouncil@stanwell.org.

Careers Wales Mark Eco Schools Healthy Schools Vale Network Welsh Baccalaureate Arts Council of Wales