At Kestrel Mead, we place great value in providing our children with a voice and giving them the confidence to use it.

We are a Voice 21 school, meaning that we teach oracy within as we recognise that this is a valuable tool for learning; enabling children to become effective speakers and listeners, which enables them to better understand themselves and the world around them. This is woven through all aspects of the curriculum, including Votes for School. This is a weekly programme, which poses an age-appropriate topic question each week, which is then debated. Throughout the week, children will learn information about the topic that is being discussed and then vote on whether they agree or disagree with the questions.

At the beginning of every year, children are provided with the opportunity to nominate themselves for one of four democratically elected roles:

  • Primary Leadership Team Leader
  • Primary Leadership Team Deputy
  • Eco Leader
  • Wellbeing Leader

Throughout the year, these children listen to the voices of their class and feedback to the other leaders to affect change across the school.

We reward children for demonstrating our core values of curiosity, compassion, respect and resilience through dojos. Children will earn badges throughout their time at Kestrels and aspire to earn ambassador status in year 6.

Each year, the Primary Leadership Team (PLT) meet to create an action plan of everything they would like to work on this year, both in school and within the community, as well as alongside the other TMET primary schools. Across the year, the assistant principal will organise meetings where the leaders and deputies have the opportunity to feedback the thoughts and ideas from their classes as well as working towards the actions for the year. In addition to this, the PLT will share their work with each building in assemblies.

Working with the community and developing community events that represent all cultures within our school is a huge focus of the PLT and one that they are incredibly passionate about.

The PLT team for this year are:

Primary Leadership Team
Action Plan 22-23 PLT

Each year, the Eco leaders will work together to create an eco-friendly school. At the start of the year, the elected Eco-leaders will create an action plan of everything that they would like to improve or prioritise this year. This will include monitoring Travel Tracker and promote walking or biking to school over driving and each leader will carry out classroom tasks to ensure that everyone is saving electricity and recycling correctly across the school. They also share key messages and successes with each building within assemblies.

Through the amazing actions of the Eco leaders last year, we have now achieved our Green Flag!

Our Eco Leaders are:

Eco Leaders
Action Plan 22-23 Eco-leaders

We recognise that children’s mental health is an extremely important factor in the wellbeing of our pupils, therefore we appoint a group of Wellbeing leaders each year. At the beginning of the year, the leaders meet to decide on what they want to work on throughout the year to improve our wellbeing offer. Leaders will meet regularly to feedback ideas and thoughts from their class as well as working together on their action plan for the year. As well as this, the wellbeing leaders will help children to make friends and play with them at breaktimes and lunch times, take part in school-wide events such as anti-bullying week and promote the key values in our school.

Our wellbeing leaders are:

Wellbeing Leaders

When children have acquired each of their character badges, they work towards ambassador status, where they receive a tie and a role within the school. These include:

  • Sports ambassador
  • Library ambassador
  • Reading ambassador
  • Teacher PA
  • STEM ambassador
  • Playground ambassador
  • Lunchtime ambassador
  • Assembly ambassador
  • Sticky Curriculum ambassador

Children become role models and the jobs they carry out support the wider school and community, raise aspirations and develop oracy and confidence. This helps them to develop independence in preparation for their secondary transition. We celebrate this status with a ‘This is your life’ style assembly.

Our school ambassadors are:

Ambassadors 22-23
School Ambassador Job Descriptions