Pupils gain an insight into the values that underpin democratic society.
Because we are committed to preparing pupils for life, we seek to create a range of leadership opportunities. Such opportunities build confidence and show our pupils that they can be positive contributors and make a difference. They learn the skills and challenges of teamwork. They also gain an insight into the values that underpin democratic society.
Both a Junior School Council and a Senior School Council meet regularly. Pupils are elected by their class to join the School Council for a term. The Councils meet during a lunch break to discuss ways of improving school life, such as how the playground is shared or how the library can be improved. Improvements to facilities can be considered and pupils select charities to support with fundraising initiatives.
Head Boy, Head Girl & Prefects
During the summer term of Year 10 pupils are invited to apply for the position of Head Boy, Head Girl or Prefect. Those who wish, submit a letter of application, explaining the contribution they would like to make to the school and why, and are interviewed by a panel of staff before selection is made. The Head Boy, Head Girl and Prefects meet with the Headmaster regularly.
Contributions they make to the school include being ambassadors for the school at key school events, being involved in assemblies, helping run clubs, undertaking routine duties, having special areas of responsibility such as for sports kit or for the science lab, building links with Infant and Junior pupils, planning leavers events, and more, depending upon their strengths, interests and the needs of the school.
D of E
All pupils are encouraged to partake in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme from Year 9 onwards. The scheme provides excellent opportunities to demonstrate perseverance and to develop leadership skills, particularly on expedition and through their chosen volunteering activity. Expeditions have been undertaken here in Cambridgeshire, as well as in the New Forest, the Gower, Cornwall, and the Shropshire Hills.