It is our common belief that each and every young person has the potential to be a leader. We hope that in creating a student leadership structure at the heart of everything we do at Hanson School, we can create opportunity for students to become trailblazers in their future field of work.
Our school places strong emphasis on student leadership. We will endeavour to encourage all students to seize the many opportunities available to them and to strive to hold at least one leadership position whilst being part of our Hanson community. Students will be able to develop their leadership skills, by taking advantage of the customised programs available to them to meet their needs and maximise their potential.
We place strong emphasis on developing our student leaders to be role models who are courageous in exploring and charting new grounds. They are to be role models in lessons, all other aspects of school life and outside of school as well. The student leaders are to set a good example to their fellow peers, thereby influencing them through their actions.
The process of creating a student leadership structure began in September 2017. With a selected group of representatives from the Extended Senior Leadership team, Heads of Year, Sixth Form, teaching staff and importantly, student representatives from each Year group, working parties were set up. Three structures that had been designed by the Director of Transition and the Director of Student Engagement were initially discussed in a Senior Leadership meeting and then presented to the working party (see appendices). The pros and cons of each structure were debated and then the final structure was voted for. It was strongly felt that this structure would enable us to offer more students the opportunity to lead at a variety of levels from Y7 to Year 13 (all roles incorporating different demands).The tiered system designed in the final structure, presents key leading opportunities for students in all Key Stages. It will also promote positive transitional values as students’ progress through the school.
Leading on from a collective discussion about the vision for a student leadership structure, the working party was divided into sub-groups. These comprised of people who had an interest or experience in particular areas and areas included job descriptions, the application process, leadership logos, marketing and promotion, meeting structures and leaders identity.
Having carefully considered the feedback from each working party, the Director of Transition and the Director of Student Engagement, began a full review of the process so far. The aim at this point was to introduce the new structure to the current Y12 in the first instance, with a view to candidates applying for the Head team roles by 29th March 2018.
March & April 2018
As part of the application process, students completed a letter of application and were required to also attain a teacher reference in support of their application. Interviews were then held by the Head teacher, Assistant Chair of Governors and the Head of Sixth Form. Following on from interviews, the Head Boy and Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl were appointed in their new roles (for interview questions see appendices).
There will be a full launch to staff on Tuesday 5th June and to students in assemblies, the week beginning 11th June (for presentations see appendices)
The KS3 & KS4 Head team, Year Prefects will be appointed through the same interview process as KS5 and Form Prefects will be appointed via a Form vote. Successful applicants will be announced and parents informed via a formal letter of congratulations.
The student leadership structure and the opportunities to become a leader, will be presented in assemblies to Y7 & 12.
A Leadership Ceremony will take place with a guest speaker to formally present roles to our leaders.