Leadership in the Sixth Form
During their time in the Sixth Form, we expect pupils to show more responsibility for themselves, for their peers and for younger pupils within the school community. Sixth Form pupils can take on senior roles within CCF and other co-curricular activities and in sports. All Sixth Formers are involved with the leadership programme, where all pupils will be encouraged and challenged to grow their leadership skills, in whatever capacity is most appropriate for them.
All Sixth Formers are told at the start of the year that they are the leaders of the school. For some, this might be exciting and they relish the opportunity to stand in front of others or get alongside juniors; however, for others, this might be daunting. We are therefore committed to supporting all Sixth Formers in situational leadership, allowing them to lead in ways that are appropriate for them: from being in a position of leadership, to assisting a choir or a sports team, to helping a member of staff with a project, or running an event.
We help all pupils by beginning the Lower Sixth with an induction programme that includes them being challenged on inner confidence and motivation. One of the first Sixth Form Seminars of the year focuses on looking at what servant-hearted leadership and role models look like and challenges all pupils to think about how they could step out to help others. Further conversations with tutors, houseparents and the Head of Sixth Form continue this line of thought and hold pupils to account. As pupils sign up for their activities, they are encouraged to participate in Helping Hands (visiting a local nursing home or primary school), to listen to local primary school children read during a lunchtime, to help teach primary children sport through the Sports Leaders qualification, and to get involved in many other ways in which they could serve the school and the wider community. All Sixth Formers are encouraged to attend Hillians events and are then able to practise good communication skills as well as learn from others.
Pupils that want to are encouraged to become involved with the Mentoring Programme, which trains pupils in knowing how to build appropriate relationships with younger years, and they are encouraged to ‘get alongside’ juniors in order to build trust and a rapport with pupils. Towards the end of the Lower Sixth, pupils are shown how to write a CV and covering letter and helped to think about how to make a positive impression at interview. Pupils that have been selected to be prefects are given leadership training: this involves conflict management, how to work with team members, how to deal with difficult situations etc. House prefects are given training in house. All the Lower Sixth are then given leadership training during Enrichment Week.
Prefect training in the Trinity Term of Lower Sixth Michaelmas Term of Upper Sixth involves conflict resolution training, creating a vision and thinking about what the team’s legacy will include. Every three to four weeks, prefects will have an evening meeting in which they will discuss (and be given talks from external speakers/members of staff on) key aspects of resilience i.e. perseverance, patience and more. However, all pupils in the Upper Sixth are encouraged to help with certain areas of the school and are supported in their willingness to serve and lead.