At QEHS we believe that students should be given a wide range of opportunities to develop and practise leadership skills in preparation for life beyond school. It would be impossible to list all the opportunities students have to take on leadership roles at the school so this is just a flavour of what is currently on offer developed as the result of a group of students, teachers and support staff working together to identify what is right for the school. Many Student Leadership activities will focus on supporting the school’s aim to be a place where everyone enjoys learning and is creative – trying new things, finding solutions and embracing their responsibilities.
Aims of Student Leadership
- To empower students to work in partnership with staff towards shared goals.
- To enable creativity to flourish as the school community benefits from the wealth of experiences, ideas, skills and sense of fun that students bring.
- To provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through a variety of inspiring, challenging and valued projects which impact positively on learning, teaching and well-being for both students and staff at QEHS.
- To prepare students for Higher Education and for achieving personal and professional excellence in life after formal education.
Opportunities on Offer
Student Council: Every student at QEHS is entitled to have their voice heard. The whole student body will be responsible for electing representatives, using this channel to raise areas for discussion and for hearing, and abiding by, the outcomes. The Student Council provides a forum with representatives from Yr 8,9, 10 & 11 year groups to raise, discuss and propose resolutions about issues which are important to the students they represent. The process of electing representatives, drawing up agendas and convening meetings will model good democratic practice. School Council meetings will provide opportunities for students to take on leadership roles. Student Council representatives are responsible for gathering information from the students they represent and for feeding back after meetings. The Student Council has the right to invite advisers (staff or student groups) to meetings.
Student Ambassadors: After careful selection and training, Year 9 & 10 students represent the school to visitors. This includes meeting and greeting, organising tours and providing thoughtful information about the school.
Student Sports Ambassadors: Students from across school year groups represent the school at various Sports Tournaments, for example helping out at the local Primary Schools Sports Days and Tournaments.