At Paddington Academy, we believe that offering genuine leadership opportunities can help build a stronger school community and empower students. These activities contribute to the sense of pride students feel about their school and enable students to develop leadership skills in preparation for life beyond school. Many student leadership opportunities focus on improving the quality of learning and teaching in the classroom. There is a huge range of opportunities for students to become leaders, represent their peers and contribute to the school community.
Just a sample of the opportunities on offer are to:
• Work with visiting United Teaching teachers to understand learning from a students’ perspective
• Take part in student panels for teaching interviews
• Represent the school by being ambassadors on occasions such as Open Evening/Morning, Awards Evening and Transition Day
• Take part in whole-school events, such as Mock Elections and BBC School Report
• Be a student librarian • Become a Sixth Form Prefect • Complete a sports leadership award
• Being a department ambassador and being involved in curricular events, such as World Book Day, Maths Week and Science Week.
Student Council Every year, representatives from each tutor group in the school are elected by their peers to form the Year Group Student Council. The role of the student council is to coordinate and liaise between tutors and students on campaigns particular to their year group, and work together to find solutions to issues concerning their year group in particular. The student council works with the Head of Year and Director of Key Stage to ensure the concerns of their year group are addressed.
Junior Leadership Team (JLT) In each year group, two students apply for and are appointed as Head Boy and Head Girl. After a rigorous interview process, these students come together to form the Junior Leadership Team (JLT) led by the Year 13 Head Boy and Head Girl. The JLT works alongside the Senior Leadership Team to ensure students are well-represented in whole-school decisions. In conjunction with the student council, the JLT ensures students regularly have the chance to share their opinions about school life, and also receive feedback about changes that have been made as a result of their input.
The JLT also leads other groups of students to take an active role in school life, such as recruiting and leading the team of Sixth Form Prefects, presenting to teachers and tutors, meeting with visitors and participating in the organisation and implementation of whole-school events and campaigns, such as Big Voice Week.
In order to join the JLT, students will need to demonstrate leadership qualities, such as being an exceptional role model and an ambassador for the high ideals that Paddington Academy strives to represent. This includes being proactive, open-minded, collaborative, confident, and willing to take into account the broad range of views of our students while keeping learning as the focus of all decision making. JLT members will also demonstrate a capacity for development and will have opportunities to further those leadership skills.
“For us, being part of the JLT means being a voice for the students and being an approachable and trusted senior student. We are proud representatives of the school community, and demonstrate the work ethics expected of all students. Every member of the JLT has aspired to be part of this team to ensure changes and improvements in our school lives, both big and small – all are worthwhile. For the two of us, being leaders of this team has given us the chance to bring students together from across the school, and we hope to encourage everyone to achieve more as part of the school community.” Siraj and Farhana, Head Boy and Head Girl 2016-17, Paddington Academy