Student representation: making your voice heard
Under the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, young people have the right to an education, to freedom of expression, and to have their views respected. As a UNICEF Rights Respecting College, we recognise the importance of students making their voice heard in the way the College is run and we are committed to involving you in our decision-making. We want to hear your views and offer you an opportunity to have direct engagement in assessing and shaping your own learning experience.
Giving you a voice helps build your confidence, self-esteem and motivation. Getting involved in the decision-making process will encourage you to develop negotiation and advocacy skills and build your confidence in your abilities.
Students elected to represent the student body develop a sense of individual and collective responsibility and deeper engagement in the decision-making process. Student representatives will gain knowledge and understanding of often-controversial political, environmental, and economic issues. This, in turn, will encourage you to take action on issues of concern and to make a difference to the College, local or wider community.
Meet the current Student Executive Team:
Theo – Student Activities Officer
“I have enjoyed the speaking training that we have been given and being part of the ESOL conference. I also like the environment and the atmosphere of the college.”
Kristoff – Vice Student President
I wanted to come to Croydon College because I have always admired its reputation for equality and diversity and for voluntary work. After attending an Open Event, I immediately fell in love with the College and my decision has never disappointed me! I decided to become a student representative because I enjoy being a leader. I enjoy being someone who my fellow students can rely on, someone who can help my peers with whatever problems they may be facing. I also like communicating, problem solving, and teamwork and being a student representative offers the opportunity to develop all of these skills. During the summer I participated in the National Citizen Service with The Challenge. This was possibly the best experience of my life. I took part in several adventurous activities including rock climbing, abseiling, hiking, camping, and rope gliding. We were set different tasks such as working in a team to keep check of provisions and having to find hidden items. When I finish my course here at Croydon College, I would like to move on to university to study psychology, a subject in which I have a tremendously high interest.
“During the summer I participated in the National Citizen Service with The Challenge. This was possibly the best experience of my life.”
Peter – Student President
I had heard positive feedback and reviews from my members of family who had been to Croydon College which influenced my decision to come here. The great location also played an important role in my choice of college. I have been interested in Business Studies since I was in year 11 but when I chose my A Levels I picked different subjects because I thought they were what universities preferred. This was a mistake and I decided to turn back to my main interest and develop myself within that course and gain the skills I need in order to advance myself in life. The extra-curricular activities available at college particularly draw my interest, knowing the college is rights respecting with their partnership with UNICEF UK, as well as activities like self-defence classes.
I chose to become student president as I am enthusiastic about representing the views of others and ensuring that all students have a great experience at the college. As student president, I enjoy sitting amongst the College governing body, representing the voice of all of the students as well as learning from the governors.
I want to go on to study Law at university and I am aiming for a training contract with a top law firm.
“I chose to become student president as I am enthusiastic about representing the views of others and ensuring that all students have a great experience at the college.”
Gloria – Vice Student Activities Officer
I wanted to join Student Life at Croydon College to challenge myself and to see how far I could go. I enjoy the support that Student Life gives and the skills that I have been able to gain. I used to be a very shy person and I never wanted to get involved, but thanks to the opportunities that the college’s Student Life offers, I have been able to come out of my shell. I am now the Vice Activities Officer for the Student Executive group and I lead events, talk to other leaders, and share ideas about how to make college life fun as well as educational for students. I never thought I would be able to achieve this much, but thanks to the training sessions that are also on offer I have been able to gain public speaking and leadership skills. When I finish my course at the college I hope either to go to university or to start an apprenticeship.