As a result of discussions and consultation with parents, student groups, staff and governors we have reviewed our Student Leadership structure. With this review we have looked to clarify several elements of student leadership in the school.
Whilst most of these are simply refinement and clarification of the structure and process, a new development is that there will be a ‘cap’ on how many Prefects and Senior Prefects will be appointed. There was a high level of support for this, largely based on the view that this is a true reflection of life for students; further education places as well as jobs are not limitless.
The school has rightly always been proud of its student leaders and they have represented the school magnificently. It is pleasing to see how many of our students aspire to take on these roles.
Head Boy and Head Girl
Congratulations to this year’s Head Girl, Rachel Walter, and Head Boy, George Cooke. They will be assisted by deputies; Isobel Hills and Mitchel Stone.
We were delighted to be able to make up so many students this year as Prefects. See the noticeboard for details.
The Student Voice is very important at OBHS and students meet regularly to discuss issues and concerns.
- Form Representatives are set tasks to do with their forms and are supported in this by their form tutors. This includes gaining opinions about many things that are then fed back at House Meetings by the representatives. Comments from this meeting are taken to the Senior Council Meeting for further contemplation and/or action.
- Senior Council Representatives gather regularly with the Student Council Representatives. Students representing each house (not year) will be determined by the Heads of Year and are posted onto the Student Voice board in the foyer outside the main hall. Students are encouraged to check the board regularly for new project invitations and news.
Staff have volunteered to support students as follows:
Miss Wright – Student Voice Secretary and Lead Mentor for Social Enterprise
Miss Cook – Lead Mentor for Sport and Health
Miss Hickey – Lead Mentor for Environment
Mrs Morgan – Lead Mentor for Academic Standards
Mrs Picksley – Lead Mentor for Culture and Community
Students are given the opportunity to take part in a number of mentoring programmes run by the school – Mentoring buddies, Paired Reading and Paired Numeracy.
Mentoring buddies are seen walking around the site during afternoon tutor time and their aim is to make sure the younger or new students feel welcome, happy and safe, and have a reliable role-model to talk to when needed.
Paired Reading and Paired Numeracy is run on Friday afternoons. Students in Year 10 volunteer to be paired with a student in Year 7 or Year 8 and help them gain confidence with their reading or maths skills.