St Mark’s is committed to offering opportunities for student voice and student leadership. We very much want students to play an active part in making decisions that will enhance the life of the school community.
Learning to Lead
Our participation in the nationally recognised Learning to Lead Programme lies at the heart of our student leadership provision. The scheme embraces the idea that students should not only be given a voice in their school community, but should also be empowered to become active participants who are fully engaged in delivering changes that make a difference to the life of the school and its wider community. The programme is designed to capitalise on the ideas, energy, abilities and enthusiasm of students working collaboratively with each other and with the school staff.
Following a recent launch with the whole school, we now have six Learning to Lead Teams who have been trained to work together to lead their own vision for school improvement. All students have equal and fair access to self-elect to one of the existing teams or to begin a new team; once trained they may begin their work together, supported by the school’s link teacher.
In addition to the Learning to Lead programme, our students also have the opportunity to become involved in our school council. Each September, Tutor groups elect two members to represent them on student council. A boy and a girl are elected in each case. They join a team of senior and Head students who meet termly. Students run the meeting, write their own agendas and produce their own minutes. The items for the agenda come from the students themselves.
The role of the Senior Student is very important. They are our ambassadors for the school and they play a prominent part in Open Evenings and other school events. All students in Years 10 and 11 can apply formally to the Deputy Head of School to be considered for this position. They have to write a letter of application and have an interview in front of two governors and the Deputy Head of School.
Y11 Students are invited to become Head Students. Traditionally we have two Head girls and two Head boys. Again this is a democratic process. All applicants have to make a speech in front of the Student Council on “why I will make an outstanding Head Student”. They then undertake a formal interview with the Deputy Head of School and two governors. Part of this role is to represent the school and they are expected to speak in public for major school events.
We truly believe that the student leadership opportunities that we have at St. Mark’s allow our students to develop vital life skills such as communication and decision making that will equip them for later life