We are proud of the contribution and leadership shown by Ashlyns students and recognised as outstanding by Ofsted in 2011. To develop further our students’ leadership skills we have put in place these key strands aimed at enhancing and developing student leadership across the school.
The elected representative from each form sits on a house council and has responsibility for house events and competitions as well for student voice. The representatives bring issues and suggestions from their form members to the attention of the house council.
Led by the Head Boy and Head Girl, the whole-school council also comprises the four house captains and their respective deputies. Their role is to discuss issues raised through student voice via house council meetings, and to play a strategic role in reviewing processes and suggesting improvements across the school.
The house councils and whole-school council meet at least once every half term, to give representatives the opportunity to share student opinion and to obtain feedback that can be relayed to their form.
Visit our House system page for more information.
Peer academic mentoring
Ashlyns operates a structured peer academic mentoring programme for all year groups, which is operational during form time. Each pupil reviews their current progress and sets weekly and half-termly targets. They are assigned a ‘buddy’ from within their form, who discusses weekly their progress and sets short-term targets recorded in their mentoring booklets. Each form group is also assigned three sixth-form mentors who work on a weekly basis with members of the form to set half-termly formal targets after a review of current performance data and any other relevant information. The formal targets are recorded in the mentor files as well as in student planners.
Sixth-form students are also involved in specific subject support within key subjects, these include English, Maths and Sports leaders. Sixth-form students play an active role in helping organise events as well as supporting teachers within lessons.
Sixth-form prefects and executive
Sixth-form students are able to apply to become a prefect in Year 12. To qualify for the post, prefects are expected to play an active role in the running of day-to day events and must regularly be involved in two of these areas:
- canteen duty
- lower school academic mentoring
- subject leaders
- technical crew support
- administrative support
The Sixth Form also has an active executive which plays a key role in organising and driving Sixth Form events and issues. Recent activities have included the complete re-decoration of the Sixth Form area as well as organising the Christmas Sixth-form ball. Led by the Head Boy and Head Girl, issues raised in the Sixth Form are discussed by the executive and taken forward to the whole-school council.
Visit the Sixth Form page for more information.
Student Learning Council
Students in all years are selected to be involved in Ashlyns Student Learning Council. Working closely with the senior leadership team, the council plays an active role in reviewing teaching and learning across the school and is strategic in suggesting future areas of development.
Students also undertake an active role in reviewing whole-school practice and procedure. We regularly consult students on a range of issues including questionnaires relating to transition, the rewards and sanctions procedures and behaviour policy, and use our students’ opinions to help review and change policy and procedures where appropriate.