Our Sixth Formers are extremely proactive in working with lower school students. Through a democratic process, including a hustings, Sixth Form students are chosen to sit on the Student Executive. Four members of the Student Executive are appointed to oversee the offices of Charity, Entertainment, Progress and Welfare. Progress and Welfare in turn oversee the student mentors who act in a pastoral or curriculum capacity helping the younger students in regular sessions.
Aside from the formal leadership opportunities as a Sixth Form we encourage our students to take a lead when it comes to their education and enrichment. We hold regular Question Time events with other schools in the area where students lead a panel and discuss topical issues of the day, taking questions from a wider audience of Sixth Formers. These events are always well attended and reflect the passion and interest that our students have for the outside world and their determination to be a force for change in it.
Additionally, we encourage the notion of Sixth Form students as subject ambassadors which for many of the younger students is an extremely important role. Here our students represent departments of subject which they are passionate about and represent them at such things at Sixth Form Open Evenings, Year 11 inductions and supporting tutor activities for lower school students. We are never short of students to represent their subjects, and the passion with which they do it to parents and carers, younger students and other member of staff show that they really care about their learning have a real appetite to instil this in others. This is another example of how our Sixth Formers want to get involved and represent what they believe to be truly important in their time here.
Students have excellent relationships with staff and also take opportunity to lead and contribute to their school where they are confident of flourishing and achieving excellence.
Roles within student leadership
Silver Sports Leader Award
All students have the opportunity to apply to complete the Silver Sports Leader Award as part of their options programme at the start of Year12. The course builds on the experience gained through the bronze leadership courses (Sports Leaders and Dance Leaders) Therefore, it is desirable that candidates complete a bronze leadership course before applying for a silver award. However, each application will be considered and previous experience as a leader accepted where relevant. The course delivery time is 30 guided learning hours.
In order to complete the course candidates undertake 8 units that challenge students' leadership skills both within a school setting and a community setting. In order to complete the course students must; pass a basic first aid course, lead/volunteer for a 6 week extra-curricular unit of activity within the school and complete 10 hours of community volunteering/leadership (where possible students are expected to find their own community placements).