Gold Democracy Award

Student Leadership Opportunities at BCA

‘Make Your Mark’ Gold Democracy Award October 2016

At Beamont Collegiate Academy we believe that students should be given a wide range of opportunities to develop and practise leadership skills in preparation for life beyond school.  We believe in equipping our students with the skills and knowledge to play a full and active part in society, through citizenship and democracy.

On the 13th November 2015 – Members of UK Youth Parliament came together to debate and decide at their meeting in the House of Commons the most important issue to campaign on for the year ahead. The UK Youth Parliament is the only organisation that is allowed to sit in the House of Commons

They make their decisions from the top 5 issues voted on by young people across the UK. The topics on the ballot paper were all decided by Members of the Youth Parliament at the Annual Sitting in July 2015.

Beamont Collegiate Academy was awarded the Gold Democracy Award for its participation in this ballot. 98% of the student population engaged in the activity as part of a tutor time activity.

Students and staff discussed the issues raised and cast their vote on the issue most important to them.

We encourage involvement with IMPACT, Warrington’s Youth Council and have several students who are actively involved including the role of Secretary.

‘Wise Up’ Bronze Award February 2017

The Wise Up initiative is led by the Warrington Hate Crime and Incident Partnership Board, supported by the borough council and Cheshire Police. The scheme was launched in 2014 to promote awareness of hate crime in schools and to reward actions to combat bullying and hate crime.

BCA were one of 17 local schools who were recognised for making ‘impressive efforts towards tackling bullying and hate crime’ at a special ceremony. Awards are given in recognition for their demonstration of the importance of creating a safe environment where children can be free from bullying or hate crime.

BCA were commended on their student voice which stated that students felt safe at BCA. The REPSECT programme which promotes the need to be aware of those who may feel vulnerable or targeted because of a disability, or because they come from a minority ethnic background or because of their sexual orientation or religious beliefs was also recognised.