There are leadership and teamwork opportunities for all pupils of all ages within the classroom and in the wider school community. We celebrate the leadership skills of our most senior girls by appointing a Head Girl, Deputy Head Girl and Senior Prefect.
As well as House, Form and Vice Captains and the roles on the School Council, there are many other ways we develop leadership in School. Year 6's are given responsibilities each term: librarians, ‘Junior Eco-Stars' (run by Kingston Council Road Safety group), lost property monitors, cloakroom monitors (who judge and award ‘Surbi Ted', our teddy dressed in full Surbiton uniform to the best cloakroom each week) and so on.
We run a special week each Summer Term, such as ‘Take a risk' week, during which girls are encouraged to do something out of their comfort zone. Many leadership activities take place during this week. We also learn about group work and the different roles within groups during Personal Development lessons.
Our residential trips are another opportunity for girls to develop leadership skills through various activities outside the classroom.
Every September, a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary are elected from Year 6. These three girls stay on the council all year along with two representatives from each class (from Year 2 upwards), who are elected termly by their class as Form and Vice Form Captains.
The School Council meet fortnightly to discuss the views of the class, concerns or suggestions. This year they have met with our catering company to discuss lunches, looked at our School healthy snack policy and discussed the issues of careful use of the magic playground.
Each term the Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary meet with the Head to discuss the issues of the School and to let her know the actions they have taken. She can then advise them to any further action that is needed.
The School Council plays a big role in the Autumn Term when they choose charities for the forthcoming year. The members of the Council help with many charity events, through both the organisation and the running of the actual events.
Pupil leadership is pivotal to the Eco-Schools’ ethos. Year 6 are responsible for taking the lead in advocating sustainability within our School and wider community. For Eco-Schools' messages and lessons to be spread effectively, pupils must be given the opportunity to take responsibility for making suggestions, identifying actions and understanding the link between their behaviour and its impact on the environment. At the start of each year, the Eco-Committee carry out an environmental review of the School and develop an action plan for the year. The Eco-Committee present their findings to the School through a series of assemblies. The Eco-Committee is made up of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary from Year 6, as well as a chosen representative from each class within the School – these members sit on the committee for the whole year and meet every other week.
The Eco-Committee is tasked to:
• Ensure that the whole School is aware of the Eco-Schools programme
• Take the lead in carrying out the Environmental Review
• Ensure that everyone in the school community is represented in the decision-making process
• Provide a link between pupils, teachers, senior management team, governors and the whole school community
• Take the lead in delivering the Eco-Schools Action Plan
Last year the Eco-Committee achieved their bronze award through monitoring the usage of electricity and gas within the School, taking part in ‘Waste Week’, with a focus on reducing our lunchtime waste and they have also held a clothes collection to encourage clothes recycling.
They are focusing on working towards their silver award during the next year, with a particular focus on improving our school grounds for the benefit of the school community.