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Student Leadership

At Parliament Hill School we believe that students should be given a wide range of opportunities to develop and practise leadership skills in preparation for life beyond school. 

There are so many leadership opportunities available to students, below is just a flavour of what is currently on offer. 

Many of our Student Leadership activities focus on improving the quality of learning and teaching in the classroom, supporting the school’s aim to be a place where everyone enjoys learning and is creative – trying new things, finding solutions and embracing their responsibilities.

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 and well-being for both students and staff at Parliament Hill School.    
  • To prepare students for Higher Education and for achieving personal and professional excellence in life after formal education.

Opportunities on Offer

  • Student Council: every student at PHS is entitled to have her voice heard.  The whole student body will be responsible for electing representatives, through a democratic process.  The Student Council provides a forum where representatives from all year groups raise, discuss and propose resolutions about issues which are important to the students they represent.  The process of electing representatives, drawing up agendas and convening meetings will model good democratic practice.  School Council meetings will provide opportunities for students to take on leadership roles.  Student Council representatives are responsible for gathering information from the students they represent and for feeding back after meetings.  The Student Council has the right to invite advisors (staff or student groups) to meetings.
  • Student Co-Planners: after careful selection and training, students in Year 7 co-plan lessons with teachers, mainly trainees and Newly Qualified Teachers but the project is open to any interested teacher.  In addition, students run training sessions for trainees e.g. What makes a good teacher?  Lesson planning: a student perspective? 
  • Student Researchers: after careful selection and training in Year 7, students research a topic related to the School Development Plan.  The research utilises baseline, qualitative and quantative data.  Research findings are fed back to SLT, departments, Governors plus relevant staff and students, as appropriate. 
  • Student Ambassadors: after careful selection and training, Year 9 students represent the school to visitors.  This includes meeting and greeting, organising tours and providing thoughtful information about the school.  Year 9 Student Ambassadors also lead learning walks with teachers on professional development programmes.
  • Subject Mentors: identified students train as mentors to support other students in some subjects.  For example, in Geography, Sixth Form Peer Mentors support Year 8 students with a focus on literacy.
  • Head Teacher’s Ambassadors: students speak at key school events.  For example, Year 13 students address prospective parents at Year 6 Open Mornings and Evenings about their experiences at Parliament Hill School or Year 7 students give a presentation to Governors about their first year at the school
  • Student Interviewers: after careful selection, following an application, short listing and interview process, students are trained to form an interview panel for externally advertised posts.  Their feedback to the staff interview panel provides part of the selection process, alongside the range of recruitment procedures.
    Healthy Relationship Advisors: Year 10 students are recruited to support Year 7 Form Groups, attending form time once per week, providing a point of contact for students and running a lunchtime club for Year 7 students who need additional support with transition.
  • Student Lunchtime supervisors: Sixth Form students apply to become supervisors at lunchtimes, working alongside the Midday Meals Supervisors.  Training for the role is provided.