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Student Leadership

Sixth Form Leaders

Each year we select a group of sixth formers to lead in key areas of school life.  These student leaders are responsible for representing each year group of the school, leading charity work, leading on environmental and sustainability issues, promoting innovative and educational uses for technology, building the house system and supporting change through student voice.

Leadership can come in many forms, and when selecting students for these roles, we look at their commitment, their team working skills, their interaction with other students and their vision to make our school even better.  Students apply, are short listed and then go through  a series of interviews before being selected for the team.  

Year group representatives

One of the important aspects of Student Voice is the Student Council.  This is an active and lively part of the school community and we encourage them to consider future developments in the school.  They have been involved in some significant projects including changes to uniform, provision and size of the canteen, and the opportunity to refill bottles to reduce the amount being thrown away.

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Students from each year group are invited to participate and meet fortnightly with their student leader.  Each half term we meet together as a whole school council and members of senior management are there to hear ideas and help the students move new initiatives further.

Junior School Student Leadership

Leadership opportunities are quite expansive at all three junior school campuses, but cater to the diverse skills of each student. The goal when putting students in these roles is to strengthen their communication and organisation skills while building their confidence to become strong leaders during their school tenure and beyond. 

Students are voted into roles like Class Representative and can then be selected to participate in the Student Council. The Student Council is the voice for the entire student body –they communicate with teachers on behalf of their peers and work together to improve the school in the interest of the students.

If students are inclined towards technology, they can become Digital Leaders. This allows them to deliver technology assistance to students and teachers in and outside of the classroom. In order to be selected for this role, students are required to prepare a proposal explaining why they should be chosen to be a Digital Leader. 

Community and International Ambassadors connect with parents and guests of their school. They will guide them on tours or to particular events. If a student has volunteered to be an International Ambassador they will represent their native country/language and use this to talk to new students speaking the same language –who might not feel comfortable communicating in English just yet. They will organise informational sessions or events that explore their country and culture. Some students have even connected with local ambassadors who will come speak to the students about the importance of ambassadors for each country. 

The House System calls for House Captains, and these students are also voted into their role by their classmates. They are the representative of their chosen house and will lead and communicate on behalf of that house. Students are also nominated to be Sports Captains, who are the main point of contact during cross-school sporting events. They will deliver information in assemblies and update their fellow house members on upcoming sporting events. 

Student leadership roles are diverse and geared towards the success and development of each student. The empowerment received in these roles is exemplified in the successful events and relationships that come from these students.