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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 ‘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 Summer of 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 four ‘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.
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.