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.
Head Boy and Girl
Our Head Boy and Head Girl act as ambassadors for the Academy and are excellent role models and leaders. They represent the Academy at open evenings, presentations and functions and have excellent public speaking skills. Their behaviour, conduct, appearance and attitude to work is of an exemplary standard at all times, and their attendance and punctuality is excellent. They regularly and enthusiastically participate in Academy events and enrichment activities, lead fundraising initiatives, and volunteer for charity.
The Head Boy and Head Girl have positive relationships with both pupils and staff, acting as mentors to their 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.
Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors help to enforce the academy’s “zero tolerance” approach to bullying by intervening when they see bullying taking place and reporting their concerns to teachers. Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors offer support and advice to pupils who are being bullied and encourage them not to suffer in silence. They are approachable, compassionate and patient, with good listening and communication skills.
Literacy Leaders are tasked with compiling the Academy’s pupil newsletter, which focuses on 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 newsletter; write, edit and proofread articles, and utilise their IT and graphic design skills to ensure the newsletter is presented professionally. As budding journalists, they also prepare newsworthy items for submission to BBC’s Young Reporter initiative (formerly known as BBC School Report). They ensure the Academy library is kept neat and tidy and encourage their fellow pupils to develop a passion for reading and writing.
SEN Ambassadors (SENators)
Working under the direction of the academy’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator, our SENators selflessly devote their spare time to helping pupils with special educational needs improve their reading, literacy and numeracy skills. This extra support is invaluable to pupils who have additional needs, those who are experiencing barriers to learning, or pupils who are struggling to catch up with their peers. Through their encouragement, reassurance, and positive approach to learning, SENators help pupils to become more engaged in their education. If pupils are struggling to understand or complete any of the tasks they have been assigned, SENators offer helpful advice, insight and guidance. They lead by example and are highly invested in their peers’ academic progress.