Those pupils who effectively demonstrate our STAR values and behaviours and play an integral and positive role in the Academy community will have the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills by becoming an Academy Leader. Such pupils are expected to embody our mission of educational excellence, character development and service to communities through a commitment to excelling in their studies and helping others in their spare time, conducting themselves with integrity and being respectful to everyone they encounter. They will be willing to go the extra mile in terms of helping staff and supporting their fellow pupils, and behave impeccably both in and outside of the Academy.
Our Academy has a vibrant Pupil Council, which gives pupils the opportunity to be actively involved in the leadership and management of the Academy. The Pupil Council provides a democratic forum where pupils can address Academy-related issues that affect their lives, ensuring open lines of communication between pupils and Academy staff.
Pupils develop an understanding of the importance of freedom of speech and democracy, learning how to effect change in a constructive way. They develop a greater understanding of their rights and responsibilities, and are able to address and debate issues of concern with staff. Elected by their peers, the Pupil Council gives all pupils a much-needed “voice,” ensuring that they become partners in their own education and are given a say in terms of how they learn and achieve.
Our Head Boy acts as an ambassador for the Academy and is an excellent role model and leader. He represents the Academy at open evenings, presentations and functions and has excellent public speaking skills. The Head Boy regularly and enthusiastically participates in Academy events and enrichment activities and leads fundraising initiatives.
The Head Boy has positive relationships with both pupils and staff, acting as a mentor to peers and ensuring that Prefects undertake their responsibilities effectively, whilst also supporting staff in the commission of their duties.
Prefects demonstrate excellent leadership skills by overseeing the behaviour of their peers, ensuring the highest standards of discipline are maintained at all times – whether they are on the school bus, in the cafeteria, or walking along corridors between lessons. They set a positive example through their own behaviour and conduct.
Peer mentors support younger learners as they make the transition to secondary school, providing advice and guidance to help them settle in, and making sure they are aware of what is expected of them in terms of behaviour, attendance and punctuality. Our peer mentors are approachable, compassionate and patient, with good listening and communication skills.
Academy librarians help to look after the Academy library by managing loans and returns and ensuring that the library is kept neat and tidy. Our librarians have excellent IT and organisational skills and encourage their fellow pupils to develop a passion for reading, helping them to browse for books.
Pupils who excel in English and our Academy’s budding photographers have the opportunity to contribute to our Academy magazine, which is distributed to all of the academies’ stakeholders, including parents, Governors and staff. The Academy magazine focuses on good news, including pupils’ academic, sporting and extracurricular achievements, as well as topical issues and interviews with staff and the local community. Pupils deliberate over suitable content for the magazine; write, edit and proofread articles, and utilise their IT and graphic design skills to ensure the magazine is presented professionally.
Being a part of the Academy magazine teaches our pupils vital leadership skills, including the ability to come up with innovative ideas from interesting angles, meeting deadlines, and teamwork.
Pupil Subject Leaders work with subject departments to improve all aspects of teaching and learning in the Academy. They meet regularly, usually with the Head of Department, providing feedback, research, fresh ideas and pupil perspectives, as well as monitoring progress that is made.
- Support subjects during Academy events such as Option Evenings, Open Evenings and Taster Days
- Support learning through booster sessions, lunchtime clubs and revision sessions
- Mentor small groups of Academy pupils
- Work with primary academies
- Organise themed days
- Develop displays
- Help in the process of appointing new members of staff