We are very proud of our Sixth Form students and believe that they play a pivotal rule as role models within the Academy. As well as the frequent informal opportunities to lead learning within Sixth Form lessons, there are formal leadership positions reserved for Sixth Form students.
Head Boy and Head Girl
The positions of Head Boy and Head Girl are much coveted and the competition to secure these positions becomes more fiercely contested each year.
Students must complete an application process which involves a presentation to the Principal and a rigorous interview conducted by members of the Academy’s senior leadership team and the Head of Sixth Form.
The Head Boy and Girl have wide reaching roles and responsibilities and become the ‘face’ of the Sixth Form during their tenure.
They are seen as figureheads by students lower down the school and build strong relationships with each year group while chairing the school council meetings.
Prefects must apply for the role. They too are role models for the rest of the Academy and help with the day-to-day running of the building. They complete duties at break and lunch time, act as mentor for students in the lower school and also volunteer at parents’ and open evenings on a rotational basis.
Sixth Form Graduation Committee
The graduation committee is led by the Head Boy and Girl and was created to help raise money for the Year 13 Leavers’ Ball, and also to raise money for charity.
Every year a number of high profile events are organised, each trying to out-do the last in terms of their inventiveness! This year students were most proud of the Year 13 ‘stay-awake’. During the stay-awake there are a number of activities lined up ranging from a comedy show, to a dance class and even some football for those who manage to stay awake until the early hours!
As part of the Year 6-7 transition we have developed a peer mentoring scheme with Year 11 and Sixth Form students who are buddied with a Year 7 student who is finding the transition from primary to secondary school difficult. They meet once a week during registration and take part in activities and discussions that are aimed at building confidence in their buddy. Sixth form students are nominated by tutors who select those they think would be positive role models to Year 7 students, have good listening skills and are friendly, empathetic and proactive. As well as helping Year 7 students this is also a very worthwhile leadership experience for the mentors and, of course, looks good on CVs and UCAS applications!