• The Award for Making a Difference - Secondary School of the Year
  • St Michael's Church of England High School
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Rowley Regis, West Midlands

Student Voice was launched in 2012 and is a non-elite group of up to 100 passionate changemakers from Years 7-11. The group provides a platform for young people to share ideas, work with others and create change within the school and wider community.  Their work with a wide range of community partners has created award-winning projects and initiatives. 

Students volunteer their own time to attend meetings at lunchtime, after school, evenings and during holiday periods to create fundraising events (generating over £80,000 since 2012 for a range of charities), mental health projects and work with elderly members of the community.  Student Voice enables students of all ages and abilities to develop their confidence, self-esteem and much more.  For some, it offers a sense of purpose when they have lost their way, and for others, it raises aspirations through wide-ranging interactions with professionals. 

On a wider level, it enables topical conversations, breaks down barriers and challenges stereotypes, signposts support and develops social awareness.