At Granville Academy, we recognise the importance of developing the employability skills of our students. We provide a wide range of opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills in preparation for life beyond the Academy. We also value the thought and opinions of our students as key stakeholders and ensure that Student Voice plays a significant part in our Academy. 

Department Leaders

Within many subjects, students are able to become specialist leaders in a subject area.  There are a variety of roles which may be undertaken as a Subject Leader including:

  • Taking assemblies
  • Assisting groups of students with their learning
  • Participating in the subject’s intervention programme
  • Supporting a faculty at school events such as Open Evening
  • Working in partner Primary Schools
  • Taking part in Student Voice meetings

The level of responsibility that is given to each student will depend on the age group or ability of the student. However, the aim is always to provide the opportunity to help a student develop and demonstrate leadership skills in a variety of ways. 

House Leaders

Within each tutor group, two students are elected to represent their views on their relevant House Council. House councils take place once a half term. During each Council, there is a standing agenda regarding several aspects of Academy life, including teaching & learning, student achievements and issues relating to the Academy environment. House Leaders need to gain the opinions from their tutor groups so that they can represent their views appropriately. House Council meetings should not just be about their opinion, but that of the whole tutor group. After the meeting House Leaders need to follow up by feeding back to the rest of their tutor group what was discussed.

In addition to these meetings, House Leaders are expected to contribute in a wider role to their tutor group. For example, these students are asked to collect the register, help check equipment & uniform and some have even lead some student activities.

Working Parties

Over the past few years at Granville, we have tried to inspire our House Leaders by encouraging their interest regarding assisting Academy life in different ways. Our working party meetings are held once a half term and take the form of three areas – Eco-schools, Charity Workers and the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

The Eco-schools working party has been set up in order for the Academy to meet the criteria required to gain a Bronze award under the Eco-schools programme. To this end so far the group has conducted an environmental survey, completed whole Academy assemblies and investigated the increased use of recycling at Granville.

The Charity working party has been set up to arrange a regular range of events that students can take part in to raise money for the Academy's charity of the year. Usually this is a local charity that has some link with students who either attend or have attended Granville. The charity workers have held bake sales, games and assisted in the running of our annual Charity Enterprise Day, where every tutor group runs a stall in competition with each other to raise the most money for the charity. 

The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors were set up to ensure that there was an active student body to discuss the issues surrounding anti-bullying at Granville. The Ambassadors have been involved in a number of activities to promote the need to make our Academy a bully-free zone. These have included holding whole-Academy assemblies, planning anti-bullying activities for use in lesson times and designing new student-speak Anti-Bullying and e-Safety policies.  

Academy Parliament

After each House Council meeting two representatives from each House meet with members of the Senior Leadership Team to discuss the outcome of their meetings. SLT then respond to each of the major points and attempt to see whether any of the requests or recommendations from the House Council meetings can be implemented. In the past this has included a review of the one-way system, improving the Academy décor and the use of the students toilets. 


Prefects are selected at the end of Year 10. Students have to complete an application form stating why they believe they would make a prefect and what additional contribution they could make to the Academy. Prefects choose from one of four roles within the Academy that they wish to take part in:

·         Pastoral prefects – these assist in the running of our breakfast club for vulnerable students that attend every morning, they also have a “duty day” when it is their responsibility to walk around the Academy during unstructured time to ensure that there are no behavioural issues which supervising staff have missed and that there are no students that seem unhappy and isolated.

·         Sports prefects – these assist the PE department in the running of activities for all age groups and sports. They also lead activities that take place at lunchtime and at the end of the day to give other students the opportunity to develop their skills in a particular sport. These activities include the football and table tennis clubs.

·         Library prefects – these assist the Academy librarian in the organisation and running of the library. Their duties include ensuring the books are kept in an orderly fashion and assisting with the checking in and out of literature.

·         ICT prefects – these assist the ICT department with their homework club and also run a weekly games club for other students to participate in.

·         Prefects also attend their appropriate House Council meeting to contribute their views   on what is being discussed.

Head Boy/Girl

 When completing their application form, the prospective prefects indicate whether they would also like to become Head Boy or Head Girl. If successful, they will have additional responsibilities to their prefect work including regular speeches at Academy events, such as the Year 6 parents’ evening and open evening. These students are seen as being the best of the Academy and need to represent Granville’s ethos and beliefs at all times.



About Us

The Academy office is open Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm during term time.

Tel: 01283 216765 


Principal: Mrs Michelle Oliphant

Chair of Governors: Mr Declan Royston-Webb 

SENCO: Miss Jessica Gibson