Student Leadership

The role of the students in the life of the school is vital in supporting an ethos of strong community and innovation which speaks for all its students. There are a wide range of opportunities for students to contribute to the wellbeing and development of the school and the wider community, which endeavour to support the leadership potential of all.

Students will be encouraged to contribute formally and informally in a number of ways and through a variety of democratic structures. All student leadership opportunities will be advertised and students are able to apply or volunteer for positions of responsibility at various stages in the academic year. 

Student leadership runs across the through school and students in all roles are expected to look for opportunities to act as good role models and support our younger students. 

Senior students – Lead person L Johnstone

Senior students are selected halfway through year 10.  They submit an application and attend an interview with either the head of secondary, assistant head teacher or director of pastoral care.  Once selected they receive a formal training day on what the role involves and the standards that are expected.  The training day involves developing real leadership skills to take with them throughout their role.  They choose an area of school leadership to be assigned to, they work with the member of staff in charge to improve and develop the area.  Senior students work towards developing the SSAT student leadership accreditation certificate.  This is a peer assessed accreditation process where students work towards bronze, silver or gold level, depending on the level of leadership they have demonstrated through their role.   

Duke of Edinburgh – Lead teacher R Woffenden

A nationally recognsied programme that recognise adolescents and young adults for completing a series of self-improvement exercises.  All students in year 10 and 11 have the opportunity to apply for the D of E scheme.

There are three levels of programme you can do which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age you can start.

STEM leaders – Lead person K Travas

To work with teachers to  encourage and inspire other students to follow a career in STEM, Science, technology, engineering and Math’s. The role involves the following:

  • To be an ambassador for the subjects
  • To present the work of the subjects to other students at assemblies and other events
  • To support the subject area at open evenings and other showcase events
  • To support the learning of other students in the subjects
  • To carry out research in the subject area such as finding out about careers, courses and special events that are available in STEM
  • To help with interviews for teaching and Associate Staff within the subject
  • To provide feedback to the subject leader on students’ views about the subject, teaching and learning and resources
  • To gather the views of visitors to the subject area
  • To look for things to celebrate and areas to improve

Literacy leaders – Lead person C Ackroyd

An out of hours project that supports younger students with literacy and reading issues.

Student librarians – Lead person C Ackroyd

Student librarians promote the love of reading by giving their time to assist in the smooth running of the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) ensuring students have access to the library outside of lesson time.   Their duties involve:

  • Issuing & returning books.
  • Helping students find books .
  • Placing reservations and shelving books.

School council – Lead person C Hayes

The school council is the voice of the student body.  Every academic mentor group has a representative that meets every half term.  Representatives from each community meet every term and form an agenda to discuss.  Students take the lead on deciding what topics need to be discussed.  They take their findings and feedback to the Executive Headteacher.  

Pastoral leaders – Lead person N Wood

Students have the opportunity to work alongside their academic mentors to support them and the rest of their academic mentor group.   The role will involve, delivering form period activities, taking part in assemblies, managing the day to day running of form time, mentoring younger students in the form who are struggling and completing jobs for the academic mentor.

Sports captains – Lead person M Townsend

Students from a range of year groups are given opportunities to work with local primary schools plan and deliver sporting activities. 

Pupils are encouraged to take on a wide range of responsibilities. Many secondary pupils develop their leadership skills as librarians, peer mentors and diversity ambassadors.
Ofsted 2017

Leaders listen to and use what pupils say well and enable pupils to plan an active role in the life of the school.
Ofsted 2017