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Leadership and Responsibility

The School Parliament

The School Parliament acts to represent the views of students. Each House elects representatives for the School Parliament and this includes lower and upper school reps and 6th Form reps. The Parliament elects leaders and it is their job to represent students by speaking at staff meetings and through the Governors.

In recent years the School Parliament has campaigned to improve toilet facilities and persuaded the Leadership Team to spend over £1000 on improved facilities. The Parliament has also run a wider "Respect" Campaign and presented to all assemblies on the importance of respecting our school environment. The School Parliament greatly enjoyed the opportunity to meet Michael Gove and strongly argued for the broad based, inclusive curriculum that Kings provides.

Prefects

Each year we invite applications for prefects in Years 11 and 13. Students have to write a letter of application before a shortlist is drawn up and candidates are interviewed. In addition through the interview process a Head Boy and Head Girl are appointed in both Year 11 and Year 13. The prefects represent the school in a range of different situations and are expected to be outstanding role models for other students.

Leadership Courses

We currently run accredited leadership courses around the school. These include:

  • Sports Leaders (following the Junior Sports Leader Award)
  • Literacy Leaders
  • Maths Leaders
  • Language Leaders
  • House Leaders

Below is a description of the House Leaders Award which typifies the kind of programme that each award follows:

The House Leader Award is run every year whereby students from each house (Year 9 and above) apply and six are selected for each house.

The aim of the award is to develop different leadership skills, such as being able to communicate with groups and individuals in a learning environment. It is designed to give students the experience that will help to develop them as an individual by giving them the opportunity to work collaboratively, be reflective and creative and make a positive contribution to the school and wider community. The award is designed to be practical and hands on with written tasks to help structure ideas. The course should help develop student's essential qualities as a leader including those of confidence, responsibility, dedication, tolerance and respect for others.

The House Leader Award is broken down into 5 units:

1) Planning, preparing and delivering a house form event

2) Raising awareness and promoting your house within the school

3) Running a house assembly

4) Organise and run a house event

5) Demonstration of leadership skills

House Event Leaders

There are a plethora of opportunities for students to lead in different house events. House dance, drama and music are all events that are run by the students for the students with only staff supervision. Many students are therefore able to step up and take vital leadership roles in planning and rehearsing for these major events.

House sports teams are also organised by students and there are opportunities for students from years 7 to 13 to take on these roles.

The Green Team

This exists to examine and improve the school environment and to reduce our carbon footprint. Students joining the Green Team meet on a weekly basis and lead other students in a range of inititives.

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