Student Leadership at Oakbank plays a pivotal role in delivering our Student Voice and for those in post, develops leadership and responsibility.
Year 11 pupils have the opportunity to apply to become one of our two Student Principals, the most senior student leadership role within the school. They are expected to possess an exemplary attitude to learning, excellent behaviour and 100% attendance. Student Principals are our most visible role models for all students in the school and should be prepared to represent the school, promoting its vision and values, at a number of public events. To apply for the position , students in Year 10 will write a letter of application, detailing why they think they have the attributes required, and then (if shortlisted) attend an interview with the Headteacher. They will also be expected to make a presentation to the whole school and communicate their vision. Those fortunate to be selected, take up their post in June to assist with end-of-year arrangements and give them time to become accustomed to the role, in advance of the new academic year.
Heads of House
Student Heads of House are expected to represent every student, across all year groups and when they reach Year 11, have the opportunity to apply for the ultimate accolade, Student Principal.
Head of House are expected to establish and maintain the highest standards of behaviour, attitude and appearance at all times and provide a positive role model for other pupils. They are appointed each year to undertake various roles and responsibilities around the School.
Heads of House will exhibit the personal qualities that are valued at Oakbank – Integrity, Collaboration and Excellence as well as self-discipline, leadership, communication skills, public speaking, politeness, helpfulness, respect and care for others. They are reliable and responsible members of the School’s community.
Oakbank Ambassadors are appointed in each year group and are expected to assist as Open Morning and Induction Day guides, act as mentors for the new students and be the representative for their house. As well as this, they will be expected to help with the school’s fundraising projects, keeping an eye on the well-being of other students in the year and supporting events in the school year.
Student Leadership – Stepping Up
The role of a Student Leader is a wide ranging one with many different responsibilities. Whilst it does come with increased expectation, it is a thoroughly rewarding opportunity and many previous student leaders have been able to use their experiences when discussing applications for further education. It is not a position for everyone and we encourage all potential candidates to think carefully before applying. Our expectations of our leaders are that they:
- Represent and serve the whole School community;
- Represent the views of students and the wider School community appropriately and through the correct channels and structures;
- Promote the School in a positive way internally to pupils and to the wider community externally;
- Set the highest standards of dress, behaviour and attitude at all times.
All student leaders will attend an induction event where they are given information on their roles and responsibilities and a chance to develop their understanding about, and different styles of, leadership. This also includes practical activities where they learn how to manage teams and start to understand their own strengths and weaknesses as a leader and their own individual style.
Student leaders will also meet at regular points throughout the school year where they will be expected to discuss those issues which the student body feel most strongly about and to be instrumental in delivery and implementing the change we want to see.