Student Leadership at cromwell community college
At Cromwell Community College we believe that students should be given a wide range of opportunities to develop and practise leadership skills in preparation for life beyond school.
We provide many opportunities as part of our pupil voice provision which has a big impact on improving the quality of teaching and learning and allows pupils to voice their opinions as to how they would like to see the College move forward. You can find out more about our school and year councils, and democracy at Cromwell on our student voice page.
There are many more leadership opportunities and we are proud of the way that our pupils and students embrace the challenge of the roles they take on and by the way they represent their school, both in College and in the local community.
Anybody can apply for the student leadership roles and we are usually spoilt for choice.
We have recently reviewed our structures and the new teams will take up their roles in the latter part of the summer term 2016.
The student leadership opportunities are:
Senior Head Girl and Senior Head Boy
These roles will filled by post 16 students and are the most senior leaders of the College.
The young people are expected to provide a positive public profile of the pupil body especially at formal events such as Awards Evening and Open Evening and they are expected to speak publicly at these events. They will also meet regularly with the Junior Head Girl and Junior Head Boy to support them in fulfilling their duties.
Furthermore the senior leaders will liaise with the sixth form ambassadors and report back to Mrs Paul (Director of Post 16) on all issues relating to post 16 life. They will be expected to act as a conduit by which concerns and issues and aspirations can be communicated to our Principal, Mrs Horn and her senior leadership team.
We will also invite the Senior Head Girl and Senior Head Boy to attend a governors meeting to give feedback to governors on issues arising and student voice
Senior Sixth Form Ambassadors
The senior sixth form ambassadors will lead the Sixth Form Student Voice Committee, providing feedback to the senior head girl and senior head boy. They will chair the charity fundraising committee, the student voice committee, sports committee and the social events committee. Additionally the editor of our Sixth Sense newspaper will be a senior ambassador.
Senior ambassadors will receive training to enable them to mentor some of the more challenging pupils in the lower school and they will support the year 11 ambassadors who will also act as mentors.
Furthermore, senior sixth form ambassadors will provide a positive image of the college for pupils and the public alike.
Sixth Form Ambassadors
Ambassadors will be members of the committees described above. They will also support tutor groups in the lower school. Ambassadors will also be expected to represent the College at public events.
Sixth Form Mentors
A sixth form mentor will act as a role model for all pupils in the college. The role involves working with the more challenging pupils in the lower school, which there will be extensive training for, this role also offers support to the year 11 mentors.
Junior Head Girl and Junior Head Boy
These roles will be filled by year 11 pupils. They will act as positive role models to pupils in the lower school and represent the college at public events such as Awards Evening, Open Evening and our Remembrance Service which attracts people from the wider community.
The junior head girl and boy will lead a team of prefects and will be supported by the post 16 leaders.
They will be selected following interviews for the prefect team and nominations from staff.
The prefects fulfill many public duties and will work with, and support the junior head girl and junior head boy.
Prefects will carry out break time duties around the college to support duty staff. They will also act as a representative for pupil voice, sharing concerns, issues and aspirations with their Head of Year.
Prefects will also have the opportunity to be trained as mentors, working with pupils in the lower school to support them in all aspects of their life at college.
The team of ambassadors will form the prom committee, planning, organising and fundraising for the year 11 prom. They also work as another team to write the Year 11 yearbook, liaising with local businesses and marketing their publication within the College.
Our ambassadors will also act as mentors to lower school pupils.
Adverts and applications for these roles can be found by clicking the links below:
This diagram summarises the student leadership structure at Cromwell:
The Student Leadership Accreditation (SLA)
An additional leadership opportunity for post 16 learners 'went live’ in September 2016.
The SLA offers a formal way to champion and celebrate the leadership skills developed in and out of school, requiring students to create a portfolio in which they gather and upload evidence to showcase their skills.
Students will grade their work using a self-assessment framework which covers ten core skill sets, grouped into three themes: developing myself: working with others and contributing to my community.
The ten skills include:
- Organisation and planning
- Being accountable
- Being a role model
- Using my skills to benefit others
- Understanding my community
- Team working
- Challenge and reflection
Each student will assess where they are on a criteria sheet and then chose to follow the bronze, silver or gold route. The aim is for every student to complete this portfolio during tutor time from September 2016 to Christmas 2016. The assessment then involves peer review and tutor input.
This award will enable our students to show case all of the wonderful work they do.