The purpose of the Student Leadership programme is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership skills by organising and carrying out whole-school activities and projects. In addition to planning events that contribute to school spirit and community welfare, the students who participate in the Leadership group represent the voice of students across the school. They help share student ideas, interests and concerns with the wider community of the school.
The proceedings of the Student Leadership team are based upon parliamentary procedures. The main focus areas are Welfare, Learning, Social, Community and Equality. Ideas are suggested, voted upon and presented to the Senior Leadership Team. Any student interested in developing skills in leadership and organisation, those who have an interest in world politics, and those who are keen to help improve school life for all is is actively encouraged to join the Student Leadership Team.
The Student Leadership Team aims to implement an active student voice, allowing for productive suggestions to be made which, in turn, results in change made by students for the benefit of students. In order for this to happen successfully, a number of elements are implemented. Firstly, each tutor group nominates two Form Leaders. From this selection of students, two Year Leaders are chosen per year group. The names of the Year Leaders can be found below and Form Leader names can be found within each year group tab.
The main responsibilities of the Student Leaders include:
- Collecting the views of fellow students and passing them onto the student leadership team
- Letting peers know what goes on in the meetings they attend
- Taking an active role within leadership meetings, whole school events and the school community.
Student Leadership lies at the heart of improving our school and enabling young people to realise their potential. It builds the necessary skills, confidence and motivation for young people to engage directly in the wider improvement of the school and, in particular, in the improvement of the learning experience.
Leadership can provide students with a range of opportunities and help them develop key skills such as communication: written and verbal communication skills (such as listening and giving feedback) should improve over the course of the year, due to the fact that, as Student Leaders, as they are involved in a number of different activities such as presentations to Senior Leaders, Student Leadership meetings, feeding back to their peers, etc. Organisational skills will also be improved when students play a part in the Student Leadership programme, and as they will need to plan and lead upcoming whole school events to set deadlines. A necessary and useful skill they will learn alongside this is that of prioritising the most important issues and resulting actions.