School students are taking responsibility into their own hands

Year 8 students

BURNT Mill Academy secondary school, Harlow, has created a Student Senior Leadership Team as a way of giving students responsibility around the school.

The scheme was first introduced last year for Year 8 students and has now become a permanent fixture with Year 11 students now being given the opportunity.

A team of 14 leaders have been appointed after more than 80 students completed applications to become Key Stage 3 (KS3) leaders.

Helen Roper, head of Key Stage 3, said: ‘The plan was to have ten KS3 leaders, but the standards of applications were so high we have picked a few more.

‘The students are desperate to do well and to show how good they are, as well as to push for higher achievements. They want to help other students and the school and are very proud of that.’

Students involved will be responsible for various events, functions, helping younger students with homework and keeping display boards up to date. They will also be working on their own ideas including a worry box and interview practise for their peers.

Helen also said: ‘It’s an opportunity to extend our younger students and to prepare them as our future leaders. It will teach them how to present themselves when they are applying for courses and jobs. We want to give them these skills early.’

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Leah Bloxham

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