We encourage and greatly value our students' input into the planning and life of Durham Sixth Form Centre. Views and ideas are expressed, heard and acted upon via a number of ways.
The Student Council
The Student Voice is the student body providing a lively forum for debate, consultation and communication. It meets regularly to represent students' views, opinions and concerns. The Student Council makes suggestions for development and change that are beneficial and that improve the students' experiences. Students are routinely included in the interviewing of new teachers and are regularly consulted before curriculum changes are made. Students act as ambassadors for the Sixth Form Centre and indeed the County, often being invited to discuss and give their ideas and opinions to interested parties - from the Queen to Members of Parliament, Ofsted Inspectors to charity workers and researchers.
The Sports Committee
The Sports Committee aims to help the development of sport within Durham Sixth Form Centre by organising various events such as inter-tutor group sporting competitions as well as sponsored events that can provide financial support for students to pursue extra-curricular sporting interests. The committee also organises participation in the Great North Run where we annually have over 150 students competing and marshalling whilst raising money for charities .
The Charities Committee
The Charities Committee works to raise as much money as possible for a range of good causes which are internationally, nationally and locally focused. In the last year, these have included: The British Heart Foundation, The Poppy Appeal and Sport Relief as well as local hospices and residential care homes. Talent shows, fancy dress days, quizzes and the like are all organised for this purpose.
Subject Panels are established in Faculty and Subject areas. They bring together students and teachers to consider how well the particular courses are going. Students on the panels have the opportunity to discuss the effectiveness of the teaching and learning within subject areas.
Other Committees & Groups
We always encourage students to pursue their own interests by taking the initiative to set up their own committee.
We believe that by working together to organise activities and events, students can hone the skills of leadership, management, teamwork and negotiation - all important life skills that will be essential in the future.