At Erasmus Darwin Academy, we provide students with many different opportunities to develop their skills as future leaders.
In the Development Stage, we use our Year 7 and Year 8 students to support Year 6 students with Transition. Our ‘EDA Ambassadors’ programme that focuses on Anti-Bullying roles as well as representing the Academy at events launches from early in Year 7, as we believe that this prepares students for opportunities later on in their school career. Furthermore, our ‘Peer Buddies’ do a great job of making sure that primary visitors and new students feel well supported and happy in the transition process. There are also some opportunities for alumni of local feeder primary school to visit their old school to speak of their experiences at Erasmus Darwin.
In the Qualifications Stage, we appoint Prefects in the Year 10 to serve as positive role models and ambassadors in the Academy community. Prefects will often act as hosts at official functions, be present at Open Evening and support major Academy Events, such as the Annual Production. Our Prefects can be identified by the silver badge that they wear with pride. Many students also become Sports Leaders, supporting primary sports activities and competitions.
When a student moves into our Sixth Form, the opportunities for leadership become more diverse. Our Head Boy and Head Girl represent the pinnacle of the Student Leadership system; they address the students and staff in assemblies, speak publicly for the Academy in events such as Open Evening, and promote the school generally as part of their role. They are supported by Deputies, while other students occupy the roles of House Charity Ambassadors and Sixth Form Student Ambassadors. Every Sixth Form student at the Academy is also responsible for working closely with their tutor, often taking the initiative and leading tutorial tasks in tutor time.
Our Academy Council ensures that democratically elected members of the student body represent their peers in regular meetings, led by the Head Boy and Head Girl. The Academy Council is supported by three ‘House Councils’, comprising at least one member from every tutor group in the Academy. This system ensures that the voice of every child has an opportunity to be heard. These students meet four times a year to consider the running of the academy, meeting with senior leaders and other staff to feedback on behalf of the student body. A number of important changes and initiatives within the Academy have occurred as a result of the Academy Council requests. By equipping our students with leadership opportunities in this way, we believe that we are preparing them well for successful futures in the world of work and as global citizens.
We believe that these opportunities provide students with the framework to look for leadership opportunities beyond the Academy; instilling the confidence needed to speak up for change and to actively contribute in wider forums for the betterment of society. We annually participate in the ‘Make Your Mark’ Youth Parliament campaign and we are also very proud that on the Staffordshire Youth Parliament council, we have had continual representation from our students over the last decade. We are delighted with the contributions that the current Staffordshire MYP and student at EDA, Russell Banks, has made to our community with his own manifesto, focusing on reducing knife crime, tackling discrimination and raising awareness of mental health.
Sixth Form Leadership Opportunities
Head Boy & Head Girl
- these students are the figureheads of our academy and represent the students at all public functions. They are often called on to speak publically in front of our guests at numerous events throughout the year.
Sixth Form Council (formed of Sixth Form tutor house reps)
- these students have been chosen by their tutor groups to represent them on their relevant House councils and on Sixth Form council
Deputy Head Boy & Girl
- these students, in year 12, deputise for the head boy and girl and represent the academy at all times when needed.
Sixth Form Ambassadors (led by Lead Sixth Form Ambassadors)
- these students are one of the pillars to our academy. They help out at numerous events, including parents’ evenings, open evenings, public events and external events the academy hosts.
Sixth Form Prefects
- these students are another pillar to our academy. They support the day to day running of the academy ensuring all students are polite and courteous.