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Student leadership

Leadership builds character and develops a range of transferable skills. The ability to lead yourself and lead others is an essential part of personal development.  The skills developed enable young people to prepare for adult life and to be responsible citizens.

At William Ellis School we continually look for meaningful opportunities for students to develop and practise leadership skills.

Our founder, William Ellis, believed that one of the core purposes of education and schools had was to help develop character and to teach young people how to conduct themselves for the happiness and wellbeing of individuals and society as a whole.


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Aims of our student leadership programme

  • To empower students to work in partnership with each other, with staff and with the wider school community towards shared goals.  
  • To strengthen the school community so that every student understands that they have a part to play and an important contribution to make
  • To provide opportunities for students to embrace responsibility and to flourish as agents of change in improving learning and wellbeing in the school community
  • To prepare students for their next steps and their longer term future, their future career and future responsibilities so that they are ready for adult life and responsible citizens

Leadership opportunities

Examples of student leadership opportunities include: 

  • School council and house councils
  • House Captains (Year 10 into 11)
  • House Vice-Captains (Year 9)
  • House Sport Captains
  • Sports Leaders
  • Form Captains and representatives
  • Anti-bullying leaders
  • Peer mentoring
  • Transition mentors - Year 7
  • National Citizenship Service
  • The Challenge
  • Young Leaders for Safer Cities
  • Somali Young Leaders
  • Tree of Life
  • Citrus Saturday programme
  • Student ambassadors
  • Student interviewers for staff appointments