Being at the top of an all-through school gives pupils many opportunities to lead and all students take on responsibilities as Prefects, House Captains, clubs and societies champions, mentors and peer leaders.
All Sixth Form students are invited to apply to be peer mentors. If successful they go through a peer-mentoring programme where support and training is given prior to pairing with a mentee. They provide support and friendship to new pupils during their first term at Leweston as well as other pupils who may benefit from the support of an older pupil.
All Year 12 students are invited to attend an off-site, residential leadership retreat. Set at the foot of the Quantock Hills, the idyllic site gives students an opportunity to bond with each other and to explore the different qualities and attributes that make good leaders and effective teams. The students are accompanied by the Head of Sixth Form and some of the tutor team, whilst activities – which range from physical to more cerebral challenges – are run by a team of outdoor leadership specialists.
At the end of Year 12, many of the skills learnt on this course, and subsequently developed throughout the year, are then put to the test on our Year 12 Leadership Day. This fulfilling, inspiring and enjoyable event requires the year group to work collectively to complete a series of challenges and tasks before culminating in the presentation of outcomes to the Senior Leadership Team at the end of the day.
Each year a team of prefects and House Captains, led by the Head Pupil and their Deputies, is elected to assist in various organisational tasks and contribute to significant aspects of school life. The prefect team act as ambassadors for the school. Taking on the prefectorial role with its extra responsibilities is an opportunity for students to develop leadership skills and play a part in areas of school life where they think they can make a difference.
THE SCHOOL COUNCIL
The School Council meets once a term to discuss issues concerning the life of the school and its community and to make recommendations to the Headmaster. It is chaired by the Deputy Head Prefect with responsibility for Pupil Voice. In September, each tutor group elects representatives to attend the School Council meetings. Prior to the meetings these representatives will consult with peers to contribute items for the agenda.