"The purpose of BUHSL is to set aims to complete in a year of being the voice of the school.
I applied by writing a letter to the Headteacher explaining why I would be good, if not outstanding at representing the school. The strongest letters were selected and the students who had their letters selected were interviewed, then after the interviews, the remaining students then produced a 2 minute pitch on why they should be picked by the students in a campaign. After a long process we then had voting day in which six students were picked by the rest of the student community.
As a collective we have achieved a lot; we have represented school at the student conference, we have raised awareness for mental health, LGBT, climate change and we also helped plan out our strategic vision to last until 2021.
By being a part of BUHSL I have definitely become more confident at public speaking and I think I have improved at working as a team and I have 100% developed the sense of being more responsible. All in all I have improved massively as an individual and I recommend applying for BUHSL as it will boost all your skills and qualities."
- Byron | Year 10 | BUHSL Member 2019-20
- To apply for BUHSL, we had to fill out an application giving reasons why we are the perfect candidate and what we hope to achieve from this role.
- If the Headteacher found our application appealing, we would be called for an interview, where we were asked questions based off of our application.
- If we managed to succeed in our interview, we will proceed to run a campaign where we had to prepare a speech that we read to all years in assemblies.
- We were also able to create our own posters and hang them all around school.
- The last stage of the application process is the school vote, where all the students in school come together to vote for their top six candidates.
- After the vote, you will be told if you are selected or not.
As part of BUHSL, we decided on three projects that you will complete by the end of the year. One of the aims of BUHSL is to create a friendly and welcoming community within our school. We are always trying our best to make not only our school, but the wider community a better place.
The three major projects we decided to focus on were:
- Mental Health Awareness
- LGBTQ + Awareness
- Organising an Eco Week and making school in general, more environmentally friendly
Aside from this we have gone to meetings and trips. We have developed our skills and have gained so much experience that will help us both now and in the future.
Personally, BUHSL helped develop my understanding of different mind-sets, it helped build my confidence when speaking to a large group of people and overall has disciplined me as a student.
- Ashalina | Year 8 | BUHSL Member 2019-20
Being a BUHSL member really felt a lot to me. My time at Beckfoot Upper Heaton helped me recognise who I really was, and for my fellow members as well, as being a member in BUHSL was no exception.
We have met, talked and interviewed with so many people from different backgrounds and cultures that it really became second nature. It came to a point where we could walk into a room full of people we hadn't met and just talk to them as if we were long-time friends.
Similarly, going to multiple events around the community were great experiences for us as we got to meet people at the forefront of education, from schools just like ours and other teachers so we could share our knowledge and even learn from those with more experience than us.
We also did a lot at school, organising events and assemblies to update and inform our fellow peers and teachers about our current endeavours, most recently of which we did 'Eco Week' promoting the act of being as economical and as efficient as possible and spreading awareness of the danger our world really is, through the viewpoint of Greta Thunberg.
So, all-in-all, being a BUHSL member will be great to look back on, especially as the new decade has started, over the coming years. Even though we sometimes are working round the clock with staff and pupils in and out of our school, it brings a huge benefit to building a huge array of skills which come very handy in later life, and I'm sure there will be more to come in the future.
- Phoenix | Year 8 | BUHSL Member 2019-20