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Pupil Voice

Pupil Voice is incredibly important to us at Galashiels Academy and we involve our pupils as part of our ongoing self-evaluation process. Pupils are regularly asked for their views in different subjects and at whole school level. Our pupil panel is only one part of our pupil voice. The panel meets once each term and the membership is a representative from the Head Team, who acts as chair of the meeting, two representatives from each of the five subgroups, a parent and a member of staff. The main agenda item is feedback to the panel from each of the subgroups and discussion around these. In the summer term pupil council representatives from our associate primary schools also attend. 
Our five subgroups for session 2014/ 15 are:

  • Learning Ambassadors
  • House Group
  • Pupil Audit (GAPA)
  • Wider Achievement Group
  • Respectful Relationships Group


We are a group that listens and records your thoughts and opinions about the school.

We have 15 members, from across the school, who are willing to take your opinions to the next level!

We need your ideas on how we can not only improve the school but publicise what is good about it! Each pupil will get the chance to contribute to G.A.P.A via their tutor classes.

Repectful Relationships

The Respectful Relationships subgroup has been doing several pieces of work, but one piece is an audio piece about what respect means to pupils at Galashiels Academy. This was broadcast on Saturday night, 26 April 2014, on Radio Borders.

To listen to the audio piece click here.

Pupil Panel Gets All Voices Heard

During recent assemblies the Head Team and the Pupil Panel ensured all voices in S1-S3 were heard. HMI had given the school 4 suggestions to improve pupil voice, and the pupils presented these along with their interpretation of what the statements meant and their suggestions on what could be done. All pupils were then asked to put a sticker next to the suggestion that they thought was best. Click here to see what the most popular suggestions were.

Now the pupils need to get the views of the Senior School and then we will put the suggestions into action.


Below are all the minutes from the pupil panel meetings this academic year

6th October 2014

26th November 2014

5th February 2015

21st April 2015