Developing students’ leadership skills is an important aspect of life at KES. All students need to develop confidence, resilience, organisation and communication skills and there are ample opportunities for them to do this.
Our Student Leadership Team comprises of our Year 12 Head Boy and Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Girl and six Senior House Captains in Year 11.
The Head Boy and Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy/Girl are chosen from the Sixth Form. Their role is to be ambassadors for the school, lead at key functions, and run school council. They meet with the school’s leadership team once every half term to discuss issues that are important to the student body as well as running committees in the Sixth Form. Each student has a personal ambition to fulfil a legacy project whilst in role. Students from the Sixth Form can apply for these roles each January and their term of office will run from February for one year.
Sixth Form students have many opportunities to show leadership and do a lot of important work helping younger students throughout the school either as subject ambassadors, peer mentors or as a paired reader.
The Senior House captains are chosen from Year 11. These 6 students (one boy and one girl from each house) are the figure heads for the houses and will lead on the running of the house events. They will work with teachers to maximise participation and enjoyment and work hard to raise money for charity.
House captains are also elected by each of their year groups. House captains assist the Senior House captains with events throughout the school year and raise a lot of money for charity. House captains also play a vital part in the Student Council – an opportunity to help with the interview process of new members of staff and take part in focus groups about school improvement.
In Year 10, students are also offered the opportunity to apply to become prefects. About 100 are chosen every year based on an application form. They have full prefect training and take part in an event to select prefect team leaders. Prefects do duties around the school during the day, assist with sports events, run the bully council and help with events that we run for our primary schools. Selected students are also buddies for Year 7 students when they arrive at the school.
All students can take responsibility by putting themselves forward to be a tutor representative. Tutor reps represent their tutor group in year meetings, and some go forward to School Council. School Council runs half termly and students discuss ways to further enhance school improvement from a student perspective. Link to school council here.
Subject ambassadors are also chosen by teachers to help represent their subject at Open Evenings and by supporting younger students within the faculty.
There are also ample other ways to get more involved in life of the school and show students’ abilities to work in teams or take the lead. Representing a team at KES Sports or representing a school team is a good way to this, as is taking part in one of our many performing arts events. Link to sports, performing arts and extra-curricular clubs.