Leadership and Responsibility
Our Sixth Formers have many opportunities for leadership and responsibility. The Head Boy and Head Girl liaise with the Head and Senior Staff regarding the general running of the School, and the operation of the Prefect system. Senior Prefects act as deputies for the Head Boy and Head Girl, undertaking various duties which include playing a major role in the running of the School Council, charities and the House system.
School Prefects help to maintain the school rules and they assist staff by doing duties during lunch times in different parts of the school. Sixth Formers, along with staff members, have the responsibility of nominating pupils they feel should be School Prefects. The Head Boy, Head Girl and Senior Prefects are chosen from amongst the School Prefects by Senior Staff following interviews.
Pupil voice is important to us and the Sixth Form Committee, unlike the School Council which deals with schoolwide concerns, discusses issues which pertain only to the Sixth Form. Members attend two meetings per term. On the agenda are issues raised by the Head of Sixth Form, the Head of Year or by Sixth Formers themselves. Members of the committee represent and are selected by their Form Group.
All our Sixth Formers are expected to be role models for good conduct throughout the school. There are many opportunities for Sixth Form pupils to take on roles offering support to their peers. Lower School Friends help First and Second Year pupils to settle into school life. Each form has a group of four or five Sixth Formers “attached” to it. They are given training at the start of the school year and attend form periods, visit the form in lunch times and are generally available for the First and Second Years when needed.
There are many new extra and super curricular opportunities in which Sixth Formers can take part and often lead. These include creating and maintaining a viable business with Young Enterprise – in 2017 our team were national finalists; debating world issues and proposing policy changes at the Model United Nations conferences and month long expeditions to locations such as Madagascar, Borneo, Vietnam, Rwanda, Peru and Bolivia to assist local communities and experience all the country has to offer.
Sixth Form pupils offer academic support to younger pupils in a number of forums, such as the Biology Help Club. Opportunities abound and are taken up by pupils wanting to start their own clubs and societies for their peers and younger pupils. More information on Sixth Form co-curricular opportunities, including the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award is available in the Broadening Horizons section.