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Any school or student under the age of 18 can apply. Schools can be nominated through the 'school application' and students can be nominated by themselves or by someone else. There will be Primary and Secondary winners for both categories.
Absolutely! We encourage students to celebrate their personal achievements. Simply click on the 'student nomination' link and then 'nominate myself'. But don't forget to leave a teacher's contact details so we know how to get in touch!
The winning schools will receive a free one-year subscription to VotesforSchools. The winning students will get a £50 Amazon voucher! Winners will be chosen from both Primary and Secondary schools.
All applications will be anonymised and our group of independent judges will choose the winners. The list of judges are outlined below!
Simply click on the links below which will take you to the application forms.
Note: There unfortunately isn't an option to 'save and return' on these applications, so we suggest typing out your answers and copy and pasting from a different document.
Kim Leadbeater, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, grew up in the constituency, graduated with a First Class degree, and was an Ambassador for the Jo Cox Foundation before being elected to Parliament.
Vanessa Harriss is the editor of The Week Junior, a multi-award-winning news magazine for young and curious readers. She joined the team as production editor in 2015 and played a key role in setting the magazine's tone of voice. With 25 years of experience, Vanessa has worked for top publications like TIME, Vogue, and Wired.
Rico-Thai Richards is a Youth Ambassador and former Deputy Chair of the London Youth Assembly. He's currently taking his gap year, but this September he's going to study law at Bloomsbury institute.
Helen is the Head of Community Strategy and Engagement at The Co-operative Group, responsible for developing community strategy across all business divisions, and a Chair of Governors for Co-op Academy Belle View, one of 29 schools in the Co-op Academies Trust.
Great Walstead School won our Student Voice Awards for Primary because of the amazing opportunities they offer to get students involved in issues that they care about. Whether that’s the EcoWarriors campaigning for the environment; the Together Club discussing issues they’re passionate about or all their students voting on positions of responsibility, pupil voice is clearly at the heart of what they do.
Kettering Buccleuch won our Student Voice Award for Secondary due to the changes they have made to their school in response to student voice.
Following discussions with students, they have banned cars on school sites, added gender-neutral toilets to all school buildings and even involved students in teaching and learning reviews. It is incredibly clear that students' voices at Kettering Buccleuch are both listened to and acted on.
We had so many schools put forward impressive individuals for the Student Award but we all agreed that Keighley shone incredibly bright.
As the chair of the student council, member of the EDI committee, member of the Boarding House Council and charity fundraiser, Keighley’s dedication to student voice was immediately clear. We were particularly impressed by her input in changing the schools approach to student wellbeing, neurodiversity and autism awareness. Well done Keighley!