Student leadership has always been a key aspect of life at Nova Hreod with students taking an active role in the school council, acting as prefects and mentors.
Student Leadership structure
Student Leadership groups
Two head students are appointed each academic year. The head students play an active role in representing the school within our community and they are also part of the Senior School council. Students in year 11 can apply for the role of head student. A shortlist is drawn up for interviews by Miss Dominy, Co-ordinator of student leadership. Potential candidates then go through an interview process which includes delivering their vision in assembly.
The aim of the senior council is to provide a forum for discussion, by students’ representatives, of issues raised by students or staff which affect the life of the school. The Senior School council allows views to be expressed and heard and creates a further opportunity for effective communication within the school and for appropriate actions to be taken. It comprises of members of year 9, 10 and 11 as well as including the Head Boy and Girl. Students are elected onto the Senior School Council through an application process and interview where they have to demonstrate prior student leadership experience.
Prefects have a range of responsibilities and duties and support positive behaviour around the academy. For example, during lunch times where they assist the Senior Leadership team on duty.
Year 10 students apply to become prefects in March each year in readiness to take over from year 11 once examinations begin.
House Representatives take part in student council meetings with the tutor representatives. They play an active role at open mornings and supporting with primary transition. House Representatives also play an active role in raising money for the House charities.
House Representatives support the Head of House in house events and help to build enthusiasm across their House.
Students in years 8 and 9 can apply to become House Representatives to their Head of House. They are then voted for in a secret vote based on vision rather than popularity.
Tutor Representatives are responsible for gathering the views of their tutor groups to represent them at council meetings. They then feedback to their tutor group the outcomes of the council meeting. They also support their tutor with tutor displays and ensuring that materials for the tutor programme are given out and collected during tutor. They also act as role model for their tutor group.
Students in year 7 can apply to become a tutor representative to their Head of House and then a vote takes place within their tutor to elect them.
Student Librarians play a fundamental role within the library during break time, lunch time and after school where they help to re-stock shelves as well as booking books in and out of the library.
Global ambassadors are new to us this September their role is to support students entering the school with English as their second language. They share their culture within their houses through diversity days. They also act as a mentor to new EAL students.
The role of the peer mentor is to support vulnerable year 7s with such things as reading, home study and settling within the academy. They meet their mentees fortnightly. We have a lead Peer Mentor who supports with all new training.
This is a new student leadership group that will be trained via the Diana Trust for Anti-bullying and be ready to launch in January 2021. Our Ambassadors will be passionate and committed to stopping all forms of bullying in school and their community. They will work with their peers and school staff; they will also be empathetic and brilliant listeners.
The aim of the group is to increase the participation of sport amongst their House. They act as a role models within their house and are responsible for the signing up of students from their House to participate in the Inter-House sport competitions. They also support the PE team in sports activities.