Student Leadership

Chaucer School Student Leadership

StudentLeadersLogoAt Chaucer School we believe that students should be given a wide range of opportunities to develop and practise leadership skills in preparation for life beyond school. It would be impossible to list all the opportunities students have to take on leadership roles at the school so this is just a flavour of what is currently on offer developed as the result of a group of students, teachers and support staff working together to identify what is right for the school. Many Student Leadership activities will focus on improving the quality of learning and teaching in the classroom, supporting the school’s aim to be a place where everyone enjoys learning and is creative – trying new things, finding solutions and embracing their responsibilities.

Aims of our Student Leadership programme

  • To empower students to work in partnership with staff towards shared goals.  
  • To enable creativity to flourish as the school community benefits from the wealth of experiences, ideas, skills and sense of fun that students bring.  
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through a variety of inspiring, challenging and valued projects which impact positively on learning, teaching and well-being for both students and staff at Chaucer School.    
  • To prepare students for Higher Education and for achieving personal and professional excellence in life after formal education.

Our Student Leadership programme provides;

  • Formal and informal learning opportunities to develop individuals as leaders.
  • Processes and structures for student representation and the incorporation of students’ views into decision making in the life of the school.

Chaucer School will;

  • Provide a Student Leadership Lanyard and identity card so they can be easily identified around school site by all members of the community
  • Provide a wide range of participation and leadership opportunities which cater for all students in the school.
  • Maximise the number and range of students undertaking leadership roles.
  • Provide recognition of all Student Leadership roles
  • Encourage the development of student participation and leadership skills through classroom practice by using the skills developed with in the LIFE curriculum across all Key Stages
  • Encourage students to differentiate between student participation and Student Leadership.
  • Provide students with access to key staff for support and guidance
  • Develop student participation and leadership skills in all students through specific programmes
  • Develop ways to ensure gender equity. These could include:
  • Celebrate the achievements of all students in written and verbal forms:


Student Leader expectations

Student Leaders are the school’s role models. You need to be a student who works hard to reach our schools expectation of good behaviour, 95% attendance, constant punctuality; you also need to be always in full and correct school uniform. As a Student Leader you will be required to wear your Student Leadership identification (either a lanyard or badge) and complete at least one duty per week during the school day.

What Personal Qualities do I need?

  • You should like working with and talking to younger students
  • You should be able to build good working relationships with staff
  • You should want to make a lasting impact at school and be involved in decision making
  • You should be able to work well in a team
  • You should have good time management skills e.g. balancing commitments
  • You should be polite, mature, responsible and reliableat all times

Student Leadership areas currently available.

The areas where Student Leaders can currently be seen are below. We are always looking to extend the experiences offered to our students and this includes the areas where they can be leaders.

School Council

The school council’s aim is to create a working party where the School Council are to be high profile within school, so that student voice can be channelled through the representatives. The student council will run as follows below:

  • 2 to 3 representatives per form group (maximum 15 student reps) who will meet half termly with their year managers.
  • 2 to 3 members from each year group form the Whole School Council who meet half termly to discuss items arising from year team level
  • Begin recruitment process in Sept in years 7 – 10 so that selected reps can then be involved in planning the school council action plan.
  • School council notice board/display area in school to raise profile/highlight current work

LIFE Leaders

Student are selected by lead teacher to become LIFE Student Leaders based on their maturity and aptitude. Student receive training on a range of aspects which include

  • Leadership skills
  • Public speaking skills
  • Lesson delivery skills
  • Lesson planning
  • Effective lesson delivery

After completing training student prepare and deliver aspects of the LIFE curriculum to KS3 students. Students work in vertical groups with the lead student typically coming from years 10 or 11.

Anti-bullying leaders

Students are invited to apply to become Anti-bullying Student Leaders whose main role in school is to raise awareness and challenge all aspects of bullying thought out the year. Students meet regularly with the link teacher to discuss ideas on the focus for the half term. Students receive training on a range of aspects which include

  • Getting help
  • How to report concerns

Students plan and run a range of activities each year during Anti-bullying week to raise awareness of bullying and the many aspects it can take.  

Peer Mentoring Programme

Opportunities will be made available for groups of students to become peer mentors at different points in the year. Students will be invited to apply for these posts and will be short listed, in consultation with the SENCO and the Year Manager, according to their maturity and aptitude.

Transition leaders – Year 7

A group of year 7 students will be selected and train as transition leaders and will accompany transition staff on primary transition visits to local primary schools. In addition these student will be invited to take part in year 6 induction days in the summer term.

Peer Mentors – Year 10

A group of year 10 Peer Mentors will be allocated to a Year 7 Tutor Group. For one LIFE lesson per week where they will support literacy based activities.

Peer Mentoring Year 9

Year 9 students to receive training for Peer Mentoring; this will take place in the Spring and Summer Term. Following training the Peer Mentors will be given the opportunity to use their skills in with KS2 students in local primary schools in the Summer Term.

The activities of the Peer Mentors will be evaluated each half term. A member of the Peer Mentoring Team will report half termly to the school council. This Peer Mentor will be nominated by the Peer Mentoring Team.

Anti-smoking Student Leaders

We have a group of students who with the support of local company Zest have been trained to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking. The students run corridor workshops and also support in some LIFE lessons to help get the important message across to students.

Coming in 2015/1 are STEM Student Leaders and. In addition, further training is planned for groups of Anti-bullying Student Leaders to cover mediation and supporting students with Autism

For more information on Student leadership please contact Mrs Nichols Associate Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.