Leadership opportunities

Sixth Formers are expected to be effective ambassadors for the school and to help with a range of activities, from charity week to prefect duties. Our experience shows that sixth formers respond well to these expectations and fulfil their tasks with good humour and consideration for others.

Towards the end of the lower sixth year there are opportunities for many students, nominated by their peers and by staff, to take on additional responsibilities as school officers, prefects or within the House system as House captains. There are further opportunities to represent fellow students on school councils and committees.

The sixth form also organises the annual charity week within school each October, which provides a huge range of activities in aid of their chosen charity.

School officers are high calibre pupils who lead and represent the student body. The officers comprise our head boy and head girl who are supported by deputies, appointed in the summer term before taking up their duties each September. Students apply for school officer posts and are interviewed by the headmaster and head of sixth form with the views of staff and their peer group also considered. Final decisions are made by the school senior leadership team.

House captains are elected at the beginning of the academic year. One boy and one girl from the upper sixth form are elected from each of the school’s four Houses. The job of the House captains is to take responsibility for the leadership and organisation of their House throughout the forthcoming academic year. Their roles and responsibilities include: chairing regular House meetings, ensuring the House notice board is kept up to date, organising teams for all events, liaising with staff and other students, and providing officials/referees when required.

Many opportunities exist for students to develop coaching and leadership skills through sport. Students in the lower sixth form have the opportunity to gain the Community Sports Leader Level 1 award, a nationally recognised qualification that contributes towards UCAS points.