Student Leadership

Student Leadership and Social Responsibility at Darton Academy 

Developing Student Leadership and Social Responsibility across the Academy is key, as when given the opportunity young people can have a profound impact on their schools.  At Darton academy we aim to increase the involvement in leadership activities as this can improve students’ learning as well as helping them to develop their character. 

Darton Academy aims to increase the opportunity for Student Leadership across the school and to enhance the input students have with rewards, whole school events and student well-being. Being part of the Student Leadership team provides students from KS3 to KS4 the opportunity to make a positive impact within their school community.  

Darton’s student leadership model aims to be inclusive to ensure that all students have an opportunity to lead.’ 

As a school we have aligned our student leadership and social responsibility programme with our core values: 

Resilience: To promote an understanding of wellbeing through mental health, anti-bullying and inclusion. 

Responsibility: To actively engage the school community in the vision of the student leaders and assist with maintaining a calm and organised school. 

Respect: To improve the school’s environmental impact and raise awareness of environmental issues that are of concern to our peers. To take on responsibilities with external visitors to the school. 

Aims of our Student Leadership programme 

  • To empower students to work in partnership with staff towards shared goals. 
  • To enable creativity to flourish as the school community benefits from the wealth of experiences, ideas, skills and sense of fun that students bring. 
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through a variety of inspiring, challenging and valued projects which impact positively on learning, teaching, our environment and well-being for both students and staff at Darton Academy. 
  • To prepare students for future academic and pastoral challenges and for achieving personal and professional excellence. 

Our Student Leadership programme provides: 

  • Formal and informal learning opportunities to develop individuals as leaders. 
  • Processes and structures for student representation and the incorporation of students’ views into decision making in the life of the school. 
  • Events and tailored workshops, lectures and seminars led by individuals in a leadership position. 
  • The opportunity to present ideas to the Senior Leadership Team to promote positive change in line with the school’s development and progress 

Junior Leadership team 

The junior leadership teams aim is to create a working party where the Junior leadership team are to be high profile within school, so that student voice can be channelled through the representatives. The junior leadership team will run as follows below: 

Mentoring Programme

Opportunities will be made available for groups of students to become peer mentors at different points in the year. Students will be invited to apply for these posts and will be short listed, in consultation with the Learning Manager, according to their maturity and aptitude 

Peer Mentors Y7 

In year 7 students will be selected and train as transition leaders and will accompany transition staff on primary transition visits to local primary schools. In addition these student will be invited to take part in year 6 induction days in the summer term and to support our Year 5 students on their visits to secondary school. 

Peer Mentors Y8 

In year 8 the peer mentors will provide support and training to the Y7 peer mentors students to support them in becoming peer mentors and delivering successful transition events to the Y5/6

Year 10 students apply in Term 6 for the role of prefects. The applications will be discussed at Senior level and decisions made. 

Head Boy and Girl and Deputy Head Girl and Boy 
Students in year 10 can apply for the role of Head Girl or Head Boy.  They sit on the Junior Leadership Team, but also function as the highest representatives of the student body 

Duke of Edinburgh programme 
Students who are interested in a recognised leadership and skills course while demonstrating energy, self-discipline, commitment and a capacity for teamwork can apply for the Duke of Edinburgh programme.  Achieving an award will give students the skills, confidence and view on life that is highly sought after by employers, colleges and universities