Those pupils who effectively demonstrate our STAR values and behaviours and play an integral and positive role in the Academy community will have the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills by becoming an Academy Leader. Such pupils are expected to embody our mission of educational excellence, character development and service to communities through a commitment to excelling in their studies and helping others in their spare time, conducting themselves with integrity and being respectful to everyone they encounter. They will be willing to go the extra mile in terms of helping staff and supporting their fellow pupils, and behave impeccably both in and outside of the Academy.
Our Academy has a vibrant Pupil Council, which gives pupils the opportunity to be actively involved in the leadership and management of the Academy. The Pupil Council provides a democratic forum where pupils can address Academy-related issues that affect their lives, ensuring open lines of communication between pupils and Academy staff.
Pupils develop an understanding of the importance of freedom of speech and democracy, learning how to effect change in a constructive way. They develop a greater understanding of their rights and responsibilities, and are able to address and debate issues of concern with staff. Elected by their peers, the Pupil Council gives all pupils a much-needed “voice,” ensuring that they become partners in their own education and are given a say in terms of how they learn and achieve.
Head Boy and Girl
Our Head Boy and Head Girl act as ambassadors for the Academy and are excellent role models and leaders. They represent the Academy at open evenings, presentations and functions and have excellent public speaking skills. Their behaviour, conduct, appearance and attitude to work is of an exemplary standard at all times, and their attendance and punctuality is excellent. They regularly and enthusiastically participate in Academy events and enrichment activities, lead fundraising initiatives, and volunteer for charity.
The Head Boy and Head Girl have positive relationships with both pupils and staff, acting as mentors to their peers and ensuring that Prefects undertake their responsibilities effectively, whilst also supporting staff in the commission of their duties.
Pupil Leadership Team
The Head Boy and Girl are supported by a Senior Deputy and together they lead a team of Deputies, Assistants, Senior Prefect and Prefects who embody the Pupil Leadership Team. This team demonstrate excellent leadership skills by overseeing the behaviour of their peers, ensuring the highest standards of discipline are maintained at all times – whether they are out in the community, in the cafeteria, or walking along corridors between lessons. They set a positive example through their own behaviour and conduct.
Peer Mentors (Year 10 Prefects)
Peer mentors support younger learners as they make the transition to the Academy, providing advice and guidance to help them settle in, and making sure they are aware of what is expected of them in terms of behaviour, attendance and punctuality. Our peer mentors are approachable, compassionate and patient, with good listening and communication skills.
Literacy Pals help to raise the profile of literacy across the curriculum. During form time, with guidance from the academy’s learning tutors, they offer support to younger learners to help them with assigned literacy activities. Literacy Pals are selected by the academy’s Head of English and are chosen from amongst the academy’s very best English students to promote a positive approach to all aspects of literacy. They offer reassurance and support to pupils who are struggling, working with them to make sure they are able to understand, analyse and interpret the texts they are reading, and successfully complete any activities that they are allocated. Through sharing their passion for all aspects of literacy, Literacy Pals play an instrumental role in encouraging the academy’s pupils to develop a genuine interest in reading and writing.
Literacy Ambassadors help to promote literacy-themed events throughout the year, such as World Book Day. They also play a key role in supporting the school’s English Department during Open Evenings; meeting and greeting parents and advising them about all of the wonderful things Highfield’s English Department has to offer. They assist the academy with arranging literacy-oriented transition activities for primary school pupils who are joining the Highfield family and ensure that the academy’s focus on literacy is reinforced at every opportunity.
Literacy Captains offer support to English teachers during English lessons and help to monitor and improve the literacy skills of their classmates. As dedicated envoys for the subject and high-achievers in their own right, they offer guidance to their peers with regard to spelling, punctuation and grammar and ensure that, in instances where pupils are marking each other’s work, that this is done fairly and accurately. If pupils are struggling to understand any texts, or complete any of the tasks they have been assigned, Literacy Captains offer helpful advice, insight and guidance. They lead by example and are highly invested in their peers’ academic progress.
Working under the direction of the academy’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator and Head of English, Literacy Leaders selflessly devote their spare time to helping younger pupils improve their reading and literacy skills. By engaging in paired reading activities and listening to pupils read on a regular basis, Literacy Leaders are able to help them identify appropriate reading material, ensuring that texts are challenging, but not overly taxing. They discuss content, plot and characterisation with pupils to ensure that they have more than a cursory understanding of the texts they are reading, and ask questions to check that pupils are following all of the key developments within a story. They also check pupils’ reading diaries to ensure that they are continuing to practice their reading at home.
This extra support is invaluable to pupils who have additional needs, those who are experiencing barriers to learning, or pupils who are struggling to catch up with their peers. Through their encouragement, reassurance, and positive approach to learning, Literacy Leaders help pupils to discover that reading is something to be relished.
Academy librarians help to look after the Academy library by managing loans and returns and ensuring that the library is kept neat and tidy. Our librarians have excellent IT and organisational skills and encourage their fellow pupils to develop a passion for reading, helping them to browse for books.
Pupils who excel in English and our Academy’s budding photographers have the opportunity to contribute to our Academy magazine, which is distributed to all of the academies’ stakeholders, including parents, Governors and staff. The Academy magazine focuses on good news, including pupils’ academic, sporting and extracurricular achievements, as well as topical issues and interviews with staff and the local community. Pupils deliberate over suitable content for the magazine; write, edit and proofread articles, and utilise their IT and graphic design skills to ensure the magazine is presented professionally.
Being a part of the Academy magazine teaches our pupils vital leadership skills, including the ability to come up with innovative ideas from interesting angles, meeting deadlines, and teamwork.
Pupil Subject Leaders work with subject departments to improve all aspects of teaching and learning in the Academy. They meet regularly, usually with the Head of Department, providing feedback, research, fresh ideas and pupil perspectives, as well as monitoring progress that is made.
- Support subjects during Academy events such as Option Evenings, Open Evenings and Taster Days
- Support learning through booster sessions, lunchtime clubs and revision sessions
- Mentor small groups of Academy pupils
- Work with primary academies
- Organise themed days
- Develop displays
- Help in the process of appointing new members of staff