Pupil Leadership

Year 11 Senior Prefect

The Prefects at Stretford High School provide equality of opportunity for all to succeed, through their shared values of;

  • Ready
  • Respect
  • Safe

They believe a commitment to such values results in success and makes a difference across the school community. They are role models of the school and also assist younger students who may need advice. They actively contribute to whole school events such as Open evening, Parents Evenings and School Productions.

Every December the Prefect Team run a Christmas Market charity event. This year they decided to raise money for The Mine Advisory Group. MAG’s work has helped more than 16 million people in conflict-affected communities in over 40 countries since 1989, giving them greater safety and the opportunity to rebuild their lives, livelihoods and futures. The event was a great success where £869.81 was raised to support MAG.

 

 

Year 10 Mentors

The Year 10 Mentor Student Leadership group run weekly sessions with KS3 students. They support the younger students in a variety of ways but don’t take our word for it, listen to what they have to say…

 

Balrai Singh-Rathour – Lead Mentor

“The mentor program is designed to provide support for students that have all kinds of issues in school, it can range from literacy, numeracy, behaviour, attendance, punctuality and much more. The sessions are relaxed so people feel comfortable to talk about any issues but sometimes the sessions can become small group sessions as surrounding people discuss their opinions on topics. It is just a nice environment to be in and we find out some things about ourselves too.”

 

Sophie Gordon – Lead Mentor

“It has been good to be there for someone and provide that support for them in their friendship group. I remember being in year 7 and sometimes not knowing what to do in certain situations but now we have swapped phone numbers and my mentee asks me for advice about social situations which has really supported her with some social anxiety.”

Year 9 Junior Leaders

At Stretford high school we want to bring the best out of each student and the year 9 Junior Leader’s drive to bring the best out of everyone no matter their situation. The year 9 Junior leaders support students in every way possible though effective leadership and by helping others display mature actions.

So we launched the year 9 Peer Captains (mentoring) program, this program allows Junior Leaders to help support students to develop positive behaviours via 1 to 1 mentoring where we assist pupils to the right path and give them the best possible opportunities to achieve. This initiative has had a massive impact on the students involved and there has been a huge decrease of BFL logs and an increase of positive behaviours.

Another one of their responsibilities is to ensure break and KS3 lunch times run smoothly. The year 9 junior leaders offer assistance and monitor these social times through supporting behaviour and promoting positive social interaction during fun times.

Year 8 Junior Leaders

Student Leadership is an innovative way of formally recognising students’ leadership skills, encompassing all activities students are engaged in whether it’s in the classroom, across the school, or in the wider community.

Aims of our Student Leadership programme:

oTo empower students to work in partnership with staff towards shared goals.

oTo enable creativity to flourish as the school community benefits from the wealth of experiences, ideas, skills and sense of fun that students bring.

oTo 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 Stretford High School.

oTo prepare students for Higher Education and for achieving personal and professional excellence in life after formal education.

This year the Year 8 Junior Leaders have lead a project around promoting equality. Also, the team will be supporting the extended transition – supporting students who have been identified as potentially struggling with the transition process. This will empower the leadership team whilst making the current year 6 students feel more comfortable with their new school.

 

Year 7 Community Leaders

Students in years 7 commit themselves to offering their time, effort and enthusiasm in a broad range of activities that enable the school to run more smoothly.  Enthusiasm, commitment and a sense of belonging ensures that both parties are rewarded for the active roles that these students undertake within school and in the local community.

Making Stretford High Greener is the new project for term 2/3, all the community leaders are working together on this project. This involves them sourcing funds and redeveloping an outside space to be more appealing for users and to grow herbs and vegetables that can be used within the school.

 

 

RISE

RISE is a student led anti-bullying team whose aim is to support young people who are being bullied or have been bullied in the past. Our team motto is ‘Respect In Schools Everywhere’. RISE was created so students had an opportunity to stand up and speak up to help keep other students and themselves safe.

We offer support at break times and also a RISE drop in every Wednesday after school for students who wish to report any incidents or concerns of bullying.

So far this year RISE have been involved in:

  • Wear Something Blue Day (18/11/16) which involved raising funds for Bullying UK
  • Promoting the service within assemblies and staff briefings
  • Created a blog for Bullying UK to share the RISE TEAM initiative as an example of good practice and support in schools. This blog is currently on the Bullying UK website. They were extremely impressed with the service we provide in this school to target bullying and support students who have been bullied
  • The RISE Team were involved in research for the ‘Ditch The Label’ campaign where students completed an online survey to look at students’ experiences of bullying

“It is the participation of all Stretford High students who help to keep the RISE team active and moving forward”

 

Student Council

“The Student Council of Stretford High School is a collaborative and student led group, with students from Year 7 to 11 taking part in weekly meetings and discussions about issues facing the school.

The Leadership Committee within the Council comprises of 5 students from Years 8-10 who take charge of meetings and deal with the day to day administration of the Council including chairing the meetings, taking minutes and organising groups to tackle events and issues.

The Student Council operates a policy of equality, respect and integrity. We aim to ensure everyone has their voice heard through open discussion and we hope that we can make a difference to Stretford High School with help from other student and staff.

In the past we have been very actively in regards to raising money for various charities – we have raised over £600 for charities like Salford to Calais by organising Own Clothes Day. This year we are working on raising money to aid children in famine-stricken Africa by hosting a Bake Sale and an after school Scavenger Hunt.