At EPCS there are leadership opportunities for students in all year groups offering a range of different experiences. Every year students are elected through a democratic process to become tutor representatives and sit on the student council. These students then also have the opportunity to develop a campaign for a seat on student parliament. These structures are well embedded and we continue to work closely with the support of our Governor Mary Temperton to ensure students have real life experience of council meetings, mimicking the roles and responsibilities of Bracknell Council as closely as possible. We are fortunate enough to have this link that makes the election process in school very realistic, with students registering to vote, voting in booths and recording the votes using real life protocols.
Higher up in the school, at KS5, students have the option to apply to be a part of the Head’s Team. This elite group serves to support the staff in school and act as outstanding members of the school community. Our House system relies on students in EPCS6 to actively build their profile with younger students, presenting termly competitions and leading assemblies to encourage a friendly rivalry between the Houses, which is very evident on Sports Day!
This year we have also been able to add leadership opportunities for students in sport. Select students can act as Young Ambassadors for sport and healthy living in Years 7 and 8, before applying to become part of the Sports Leaders group. Participation in this group leads to a Nationally recognised certification, more of which can be read about here: Sports Leaders :: Sports Leadership
In addition, some clubs led by teaching staff also support leadership development, but are more sporadic in nature, for example subject ambassadors are required to attend and support Open Mornings and Open Evening events, transition workshops for primary schools and occasionally other secondary school collaborations.