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Student Leadership and Voice

Student Leadership is embedded in all aspects of student life at NLS, allowing all young people to have their voices heard, but also the opportunity to develop key life skills in a practical environment. Students have leadership opportunities in all year groups and across all areas of the curriculum. There is a specific focus on student leadership within colleges to support the delivery of the tutor curriculum, but also to allow mentoring across year groups and support of whole school activities and events.

College Student Leadership Structure

The overall student leadership structure is driven through the college system with specific roles for students in each year group as follows:

Year 13

In Year 13, we give our students the chance to lead their own conversation to improve the school from the top down.

We have two Senior Student Leaders, Chloe Lake-Jones and Jai Sispal who take on a range of responsibilities through the year including:

Jai Sispal and Chloe Lake-Jones
Jai and Chloe
  • - Representing the school at events such as Open Evening, Celebration Evenings, etc.
  • - Being the voice of the whole student body, leading the Student Council meetings and presenting the ideas discussed to Mr Lowdell.
  • - Liaising with staff, governors, and visitors to school.

 

Senior Leader in Diversity and Equality Millie Guy
Millie Guy​​​​​

We also have a Senior Student Leader for Equality and Diversity, Millie Guy, who ensures that every student has access to support. She works with key members of staff to help every student feel NLS is a kind and welcoming place. At NLS we hold proud the idea that our school is a place where students can feel they are free to be themselves and can always find someone in the community who knows what they're experiencing and can help them with that.

 

 

Working alongside our Senior Student Leaders are the students in our six Assistant Senior Student Leadership roles. All six of these cover an important area of life, and they work with students and staff alike to hone their skills and improve life for our students. These roles include:

  • Diversity & Equality, Reyaan Hafeez
    Reyaan Hafeez
    Reyaan Hafeez
  • Charity & Communication, Sophie Adams & Isobel massey
  • Wellbeing & Mentoring, Niall Corcoran & Milly Tytler
  • Sports, Issy Hanley, Anya Kruger & Joe Scott
  • Digital Leaders & Marketing, Nicole Celli
  • Careers & Life Skills, Jess Chandler & Leo Pope
Sophie Adams & Isobel Massey
Niall Corcoran & Milly Tytler
Anya Kruger, Joe Scott & Issy Hanley
Leo Pope & Jess Chandler
Nicole Celli

 

Year 12

In Year 12, ten of our students, two from each college take the role of College Student Leaders. We give the chance for everyone to feel represented by their college leader, and these Leaders will ensure effective communication and support is available to all students within their college throughout the year.

Year 7-11

Specific student leadership roles are driven through year group teams, supported by College Leaders/Heads of Year.

Role

Year

Deputy College Leader- Leads on College wide activities and supports all students in the College with a range of activities throughout the Year

11

Vice Captains- Steps in for Deputy College Leader when they are unavailable and supports with College wide activities

10

Sports- Lead on all Sports Activities and ensure full teams for inter-college fixtures and sports day

10

Careers- Lead on student voice for careers activities and co-ordinate regularly with our careers advisor

10

Charity & Community- Take a lead on all College specific fund raising activities and community events

9

Marketing- Support with completion of termly newsletter, completion of College noticeboard and other e-marketing activities

9

Rewards- Lead on monitoring of reward points and celebration of student successes throughout the year

8

Ambassadors- Be the face of the school in whole school events (e.g. open evening) and take the lead in student and parent tours

8

International- Lead on all international projects and events and promote communication with our partner schools

8

ECO/ Gardening- Promote ECO activities throughout the school and lead on whole school ECO/gardening activities

7

Transition- Lead on all transition activities with prospective Year 6 students from local primary school

7

Year Group Council rep- Share student voice feedback with student cabinet and ensure opinions form all year groups are heard.

2 per Year Group

Student Voice and Council

Our Student Leaders meet on a half-termly basis for what we call Student Council. This begins within tutor groups, where Student Voice representative takes in feedback that students might have and feeds that information to their Year Group Council representative during a session where all the key topics are shared and discussed. The Year Group Council representatives then collate that information and share it at a Student Cabinet meeting which is led by our Senior Student Leaders. Once key areas for school improvement have been identified, our Senior Student Leaders meet with the Head Teacher to identify key areas of change and actions to take moving forward to implement these.

Student Leadership in Lessons

In addition to College specific activities, student leadership plays a key role in all aspects of our academic curriculum both in the classroom and through wider school extracurricular experiences. Whether this be through students taking on the role of sports captains when competing against other schools in after school fixtures, or acting as an equipment monitor in their English class. All staff actively look for opportunities to facilitate student leadership within their classes and recognise leadership as a key life skill that needs to be nurtured for all.

Benefits of Student Leadership

  • - It creates pride in the school because students feel they have a genuine stake in it and the decisions that directly affect them
  • - It provides adults with invaluable insights into the dynamics of the school, allowing teachers to understand problems from the students' perspective.
  • - When students are given leadership roles they become positive role models, especially for younger students
  • - Student leadership creates an atmosphere of students caring about the greater good of the school and the community as a whole.