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Student Leadership

At Sandy Secondary School we believe that students should be given a wide range of opportunities to develop and practise leadership skills in preparation for life beyond school. It would be impossible to list all the opportunities students have to take on leadership roles at the school so this is just a flavour of what is currently on offer developed as the result of a group of students, teachers and support staff working together to identify what is right for the school. Many Student Leadership activities will focus on improving the quality of learning and teaching in the classroom, supporting the school’s aim to be a place where everyone enjoys learning and is creative – trying new things, finding solutions and embracing their responsibilities.

Aims of our Student Leadership programme

  • To empower students to work in partnership with staff towards shared goals.

  • To enable creativity to flourish as the school community benefits from the wealth of experiences, ideas, skills and sense of fun that students bring.

  • To provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through a variety of inspiring, challenging and valued projects which impact positively on learning, teaching and well-being for both students and staff at Sandy Secondary School.

  • To prepare students for Higher Education and for achieving personal and professional excellence in life after formal education.

Our Student Leadership programme provides;

  • Formal and informal learning opportunities to develop individuals as leaders.

  • Processes and structures for student representation and the incorporation of students’ views into decision making in the life of the school.

Sandy Secondary School will;

  • Provide a Student Leadership Badge so they can be easily identified around school site by all members of the community

  • Provide a wide range of participation and leadership opportunities which cater for all students in the school.

  • Maximise the number and range of students undertaking leadership roles.

  • Provide recognition of all Student Leadership roles

  • Encourage the development of student participation and leadership skills through classroom practice by using the skills developed with in the SMSC curriculum

  • Encourage students to differentiate between student participation and Student Leadership.

  • Provide students with access to key staff for support and guidance

  • Develop student participation and leadership skills in all students through specific programmes

  • Develop ways to ensure gender equity. These could include:

  • Celebrate the achievements of all students in written and verbal forms:

Student Leader Roles

Prefects

Prefects are the school’s role models. You need to be a student who works hard to reach our schools expectation Student Leaders are the school’s role models. You need to be a student who works hard to reach our schools expectation of good behaviour, 95% attendance, constant punctuality; you also need to be always in full and correct school uniform. As a Student Leader you will be required to wear your Student Leadership identification (badge) and complete at least one duty per week during the school day.

What Personal Qualities do I need?

  • You should like working with and talking to younger students

  • You should be able to build good working relationships with staff

  • You should be able to work well in a team

  • You should be willing to provide tours of the school to prospective students and staff

  • You should be willing to play a part in organising and delivering whole-school events (including sports day, awards evenings and charity work)

  • You should have good time management skills e.g. balancing commitments

  • You should be polite, mature, responsible and reliable at all times

  • You should be willing to talk to prospective staff, students and parents about school life

Student Council Member

Student Leader representatives form the Student Council.  These students ensure clear communication from the Student Council to the tutor groups and ensure the whole school community has a strong voice in what is discussed by the Parliament. Two representatives from each form group meet every fortnight and discuss issues important to students including planners, praise, fundraising, the range of food available and question/suggestion boxes. As a result of the work of this year’s council form groups have begun to have suggestion boxes, to ask questions and bring suggestions to house council meetings. We meet in each house, courage, determination, excellence and inspiration to provide a forum where representatives from all year groups raise, discuss and propose resolutions about issues which are important to the students they represent.

What Personal Qualities do I need?

  • You should want to make a lasting impact at school and be involved in decision making

  • You should like working with and talking to younger students

  • You should be able to build good working relationships with staff

  • You should be able to work well in a team

  • You should be willing to liaise closely and on an ongoing basis with the student body, reporting on the work of the House Council

  • You should be willing to take an active role within the House Council – seeking out and representing of Sandy Secondary School students

  • You should have good time management skills e.g. balancing commitments

  • You should be polite, mature, responsible and reliable at all times

Student Welfare Ambassador

Student Welfare Ambassadors are central to promoting the health and wellbeing of our students in school. They promote student welfare throughout the school with advertising campaigns such as anti-bullying week and mental health week. They also help to promote the services currently being provided in the school by individuals and services such as counselling and the school nurse. They work in collaboration with the House Council in relation to issues relating to welfare. They generate fundraising ideas alongside the sixth form.

What Personal Qualities do I need?

  • You should want to lead whole school initiatives relating to health, welfare and the wellbeing of students

  • You should be willing to raise awareness for mental health, anti-bullying, stress management and student welfare across Sandy Secondary School.

  • You should take part in and lead assemblies relating to key aspects of Student Welfare

  • You should be able to build good working relationships with staff

  • You should be able to work well in a team to enable you will liaise with the student council on issues relating to the welfare of students

  • You need to be able to provide feedback on the success of events and methods of improvement

  • You should be able to raise money for charity: fundraising, helping the 6th form Team and raising awareness of charity events in the school and community

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