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CONTENTS Introduction Current Student Responsibilities Chapel Representative Form Captain and Form Vice-Captain Student Council Member Anti-bullying ambassadors Thurrock Youth Cabinet Trailblazers Assistant Cultural Champion Jack Petchey Ambassadors Student Ambassadors (including Student Interviewers) Opportunities available to all KS3 Students Library Representative Eco Schools Ambassador Elections Officer Opportunities available to Year 7 Students Year 7 Transition leaders Opportunities available to Year 8 Students Office duty Opportunities available to KS4 Students Peer Mentor Literacy Leader Numeracy Champion Duke of Edinburgh Opportunities available to Year 10 Students Vice House Captain Year 11 Leadership Opportunities Sports Prefect Department / Subject Prefect Prefects linked to Year 7 House Captain Senior Prefect Senior Prefect Team Leader Senior Student Leadership Group Deputy Head Girl Head Girl 2 PAGE NO: 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 6 7 7 7 8 8 8 9 9 10 10 10 11 11 11 12 12 13 13 14

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At Grays Convent High 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. It would be impossible to list all the opportunities students have to take on leadership roles at the school so this is just a flavour of what is currently on offer. Many Student Leadership activities will 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 in the school.  To prepare students for the next stage in their education and for achieving personal and professional excellence in life after formal education. 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. Grays Convent High School will;  Provide a Student Leadership badge for each role so they can be easily identified around school site by all members of the community  Provide a wide range of participation and leadership opportunities which cater for all students in the school.  Maximise the number and range of students undertaking leadership roles.  Provide recognition of all Student Leadership roles  Provide students with access to key staff for support and guidance  Develop student participation and leadership skills in all students through specific programmes  Celebrate the achievements of all students in written and verbal forms Student Leader expectations Student Leaders are the school’s role models. They need to be a student who works hard to reach the schools expectation of good behaviour, good attendance and consistent punctuality; they also need to be always in full and correct school uniform. What Personal Qualities do they need?  They should like working with and talking to younger students  They should be able to build good working relationships with staff  They should want to make a lasting impact in school and be involved in decision making  They should be able to work well in a team  They should have good time management skills e.g. balancing commitments  They should be polite, mature, responsible and reliable at all times 3

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Current Student Leadership Opportunities. The areas where Student Leader opportunities can be found are below. We are always looking to extend the experiences offered to our students and this includes other areas where they can use their student voice and be leaders. Opportunities in school which are available to all Year 7-10 students Representative – Lead staff Miss Carson (School Chaplain) Chapel Representatives help promote the spiritual life of our school. They have the most important job in the school of helping us to be true to our Mission Statement which says that God is the centre of our lives in this school, so prayer is very important to us in developing a personal relationship with Jesus. Everyone is welcome to be a Chapel Representative in Years 7-10 as well as year 11 where it will not impede on academic studies Role & Responsibilities  To Show a Good Example  To Meet and Pray  To Help Organise and Prepare Year Group Assemblies.  To Assist with Readings & Prayers  Help Prepare and Lead other Liturgies on Request  Promote the Celebrations & Activities in the Chapel  Help Organise and Promote Charity Events, particularly in their Form/ Year Group  Assist the Chaplain & help keep the Chapel and Sacristy tidy. Form Captain and Form Vice-Captain – Lead staff Form Tutors  Attend regular meetings of the House Committee  Arrange and lead charity event with form group  Promote House events in Form  Ensure House notice-board is up to date in Form Room  Lead House events  Organise, practice and lead termly House Assemblies Student Council – Lead teacher Mrs Burrow The school council’s aim is to create a working party where the Student Council are to be high profile within school, so that student voice can be channelled through the representatives. The student council will run as follows below:  2 representatives per form group who will meet half termly.  Begin recruitment process in September in years 7 – 11 so that selected representatives can then be involved in planning the school council action plan.  School council notice board/display area in school to raise profile/highlight current work 4

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Anti-bullying ambassadors – Lead staff Mrs Bishop Annually, students are invited to apply to become Anti-bullying Ambassadors whose main role in school is to raise awareness and challenge all aspects of bullying throughout the year. Students meet regularly with the Mrs Bishop to discuss ideas on the focus for the half term. Students receive training on a range of aspects which include  Getting help  How to report concerns Students plan and run a range of activities each year during Anti-bullying week to raise awareness of bullying and the many forms it can take. Thurrock Youth Cabinet (linked to student council) – Lead teacher Mrs Burrow Thurrock's Youth Cabinet is a group of 11 to 19 year olds, who work to make Thurrock a better place for young people and was set up to give the young people of Thurrock a voice and make a difference within the community. Youth Cabinet members regularly meet with councillors, council officers and other decision makers to give their views on many issues such as:  public transport  school curriculum  youth activities  police and community safety  health  careers How to apply If they are a young person who lives or goes to school in Thurrock, they can apply to join the Youth Cabinet. They will have to fill out an application form that can be downloaded from Thurrock Councils website; this involves a few simple questions about them which they then send to Thurrock Council. The Youth Cabinet may ask them to have a very quick interview and then they may be selected to join. It’s a great experience and a worthwhile opportunity. Role & Responsibilities In school they will have to feedback during school council meetings and update the student council with any relevant information. Depending on their responsibilities they may need to set up events in school or get people to fill out surveys. They would be one of the schools representatives and expected to attend meetings regularly as well as the Youth Conference event. 5

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Trailblazers Assistant Cultural Champions – lead teacher Cultural Champion & Project Leader The role of the Trailblazers Assistant Cultural Champion is primarily to support the project to which they have been assigned, to ensure it goes ahead smoothly. They will be nominated by the Project Leader. Role & Responsibilities  Understand and be able to speak eloquently about Trailblazers and some of the projects which have been undertaken in the school since joining the project.  Liaise with the project coordinator in school regarding the event and support with the organisation and setup, for example arranging with Miss Chapman to take photos of the event  Ensure any professional who visits for their project is made to feel welcome.  Ensure that all pupils who participate in an event complete a student evaluation form  Feedback to the Cultural Champion; this will be in the form of a report for the newsletter. Jack Petchey Ambassadors – Lead staff Mrs Barrett The role of the Jack Petchey Ambassador is to maintain the profile of the Jack Petchey Award in school and to ensure the smooth running of nominations and voting each month. Students who have previously won the award are automatically offered this position in recognition of their success and for them to become part of the future of the award at GCHS but other students can also apply. Role and responsibilities include:  Preparing power point presentation of nominations for voting  Liaising with form tutors to secure their votes  Liaising with Mrs Barrett to feedback results  Updating notice boards with details of new winners  Act as a advocate for the Jack Petchey programme Student Ambassadors - Lead staff Mrs Albrow Students can express their interest in being a Student Ambassador at any point during the year, but the initial signing up process will be at the start of each academic year. Student ambassadors will be called upon during the year for Parents' evenings, Open days, and as tour guides. Their primary role will be to act as good publicists for the school and to support the school in the management of whole school events. They will receive appropriate training tailored to the event that they will support. All students should be encouraged to register voluntarily as a GCHS Student Ambassador Including Student Interviewers 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. 6

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Opportunities available to all KS3 Students Library Representative - Lead staff Mrs Maloney Role & responsibilities  Devote 10 minutes in the lunchtime (Monday, Tuesday and longer on Wednesday) to assist in putting books away and generally keeping the shelves and the library tidy.  Learn how to use the Dewey system for cataloguing books  Generate and maintain displays in the library  Additional tasks may include advising students and other administrative jobs. Eco Schools Ambassador - Lead staff Mrs Goddard (Science Technician) Open to enthusiastic year 7 and 8 pupils who want to promote the school by being proactive around the school. The role includes helping the school to achieve a bronze ECO award. They don’t need to have green fingers just an interest in saving our environment. Projects might include:  Recycling  Environment  Litter  Energy saving  School garden  Bird boxes  Trees/shrubs for the wildlife. More information available at. http://www.eco-schools.org.uk/gettingstarted Election Officer – lead teacher Mrs Kane The Elections Officers are there to officiate at the Student Council elections. They are selected by their Head of Year and cannot be nominated students in the election. The Head Girl usually greets the Mayor with the teacher in charge. Role & Responsibilities  Required to attend school from 7.45am on day of election to prepare the hall  Distribute ballot papers to the appropriate years,  Ensure voting slips are placed in the ballot boxes and that students then leave the building  Count election votes and prepare for results. Students doing the electoral duties would make their vote first. 7

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Opportunities available to Year 7 Students Year 7 Transition leaders – Lead Teacher Mrs Wells A group of year 7 students will be selected to be trained as transition leaders and will accompany transition staff on primary transition visits to local primary schools. Additionally these students will be invited to take part in year 6 induction days in the summer term, primary taster days (e.g. Creative & STEM days) and will also act as buddies for students transferring to the school mid-year. Opportunities available to Year 8 Students Office duty – Lead staff Mrs Heatherson & Mrs Sams The overall purpose of the Office Duty is to provide administrative support for reception. This may include (but is not restricted to):  Arranging & dismantling of displays and posters  Laminating items  Running errands for staff  Taking messages to pupils and any other items that come into reception from parents  Escorting visitors around the site  Helping the chaplain with preparation for masses and displays around the school Opportunities available to KS4 Students Peer Mentor - Lead Teacher Mr Paraiwa  Only Year 9 and 10 Students are eligible to apply for these posts  After applications, pupil are short-listed, in consultation with staff  Offer letters are sent out to successful candidates  Unsuccessful applicants are placed on a stand-by list  Training is run for all Mentors, including the previous year’s Mentors in the Spring Term  Mentees are identified using a range of data and assigned a Mentor  Mentors and Mentees meet within 3 weeks of training  Two Lead Mentors will take charge of the day-to-day operations  Lead Mentors to provide a written report of the programme activities every 3 weeks  The Pastoral Manager is the liaison for the programme and will act as the key point of reference  Pastoral Manager to (eventually) lead on in-house training of Mentors 8

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Literacy Leader – Lead teachers Mrs Nyland & Mr Smyth Role and Responsibilities: Literacy Leaders will be required to have an excellent standard of Literacy and very good communication skills. In their role as Literacy Leader, they will be required to work with pupils of all abilities across KS3 and will therefore need to be outstanding role models and ambassadors for the subject. Their fundamental role is to support both the Literacy Tutor in the delivery of the Literacy Tutor Programme and work 1:1 or with small groups within the class. Their position will require them to:  Work with Literacy Tutors to deliver the Literacy Programme across KS3. This will involve working with individual pupils and listening to them reading using guided reading strategies to check their understanding. Work with individuals and small groups of pupils to support them with their written work in class; this could involve correcting their spelling, punctuation and grammar. Support the Literacy Tutor with the delivery of some teaching materials, such as handing out of materials, delivering Power-Points, reading to students, implementing half-termly spelling bees.  The Literacy Leader Coordinators will be required to liaise with Mrs Nyland and Mr Smyth to ensure the pupils in need of support with their reading, as identified through using the Renaissance Learning software, are supported as a priority in Literacy lessons. LLCs will also be required to pass this information and other information to the team of Literacy Leaders.  LLCs and Literacy Leaders will be required to attend half-termly meetings to ensure that they have up-to-date information about the programme and their classes.  Provide 1:1 support for pupils who need extra support with their reading within Literacy lessons and possibly outside of Literacy lessons when necessary (on occasion, additional time could be allocated for reading support during registration or other mutually convenient times).  Support with the copying and distribution of supporting resources.  At times, organise displays in the library and around the school to celebrate pupils’ written work. Numeracy Champion – Lead teacher Mr Stinton Numeracy Leaders are selected from year 9 and year 10. They are expected to attend numeracy sessions for year 7 and year 8 respectively. Roles & responsibilities:  to help deliver parts of lessons,  to give assistance to pupils who are finding the work demanding  to generally support the tutor.  to attend meetings for training and feedback 9

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Duke of Edinburgh - Lead Teacher Miss Coughlan  The Duke of Edinburgh Award is offered to all students in years 9-11. The Award consists of three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, the aim being that the girls would do Bronze on Year 9 and/or Silver in Year 10, and Gold may be offered in Year 11. The Scheme is split into four sections and participants will work their way independently through their Physical, Volunteering and Skill sections. There will be regular training sessions to monitor their progress and to provide help and support. For the expedition section, participants will take part in practice and assessed expeditions, some training may take place on Saturdays. Year 10 Leadership Opportunities Vice House Captain The position of House Captain is very important in helping the House Captain in their duties. The pupil chosen must embody the ethos and spirit of the school, be a role model to pupils in her House and be able to fulfil the role without a negative effect on her studies, including if necessary, stepping into the role of House Captain. Pupils who apply to be considered for this position must be honest, have integrity, be inspirational and have pride in the school. Role and Responsibilities:  Assist the House Captain in all her duties (see House Captain application) Year 11 Leadership Opportunities Sports Prefects – Lead teacher Mrs Wells / Mrs Shoesmith This team usually consists of 1 captain and 5 prefects How to apply  Appointment process through the completion of an application form  Hand over end of year 10 Role and responsibilities  Role model for teams and participants  Assist with clubs and fixtures  Support at events (sports day, inter house competitions, cross country, inter form  Take a register at clubs  Possible refereeing and umpiring tasks  Weekly roles/jobs around the P.E department 10

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Department / Subject Prefects – Lead teacher Ms Coughlan Every department in the school has a group of year 11 student prefects allocated to them to support in the smooth running of their department. Role and responsibilities may include:  Supporting with department arranged events and activities.  Display work  Inventory  Advising & supporting younger pupils Prefects linked to Year 7- Lead teacher Mrs Wells Year 7 prefects will be in all am registrations. Their roles include:  Checking and signing planners  Checking uniform  Leading the prayer  Giving out letters, notices etc  Checking homework, equipment etc.  Taking pupils to lesson 1 if they are still unsure of school layout Will also be in PSHEC lessons and can assist with the following:  Working 1 to 1 or with small groups  Helping with cutting, sticking etc  Helping with spellings  Giving out books, sheets etc. House Captain – Lead staff Head of House The position of House Captain is very important in helping the House System to grow and become embedded in the life of the school. The pupil chosen as House Captain must embody the ethos and spirit of the school, be a role model to pupils in her House and be able to fulfil the role without a negative effect on her studies. Pupils who apply to be considered for the position must be honest, have integrity, be inspirational and have pride in the school. Role and Responsibilities:  Organise monthly House Committee meetings to discuss House issues and events, take minutes and issue agenda  Liaise with Head of House to organise & lead with House Committee termly House Assemblies  Promote House identity with Form & Form Tutors  Organise the updating of House notice-boards  Assist with rewarding of Bronze, Silver and Gold Achievements in KS Assemblies  Ensure that each form has House Section on form notice-board  Work with Chaplin to ensure House Prayer forms part of form prayer time. 11

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Senior Prefect Job Description - Lead Teacher Ms Coughlan Purpose: To support the development of the life of the school, to provide a positive role model to all pupils, to contribute positively to the life of the school, to act as ambassadors within the school and the local community. Specific Duties:  To carry out rota duties on a regular basis; assisting teachers and midday assistants with orderly movement and behaviour in corridor.  To assist at special school events such as parents’ evenings.  To assist the Head of Year 7 in promoting the school to local feeder primary schools.  To act as a good role model for all pupils.  To assist House Captain and Deputy Captain at House Events and the organisation of house related activities.  To help Years 7-10 forms and form tutors in your House Additional Duties: All prefects will have to take on one additional responsibility as well as specific duties. These may be from the following list or choose your own.  Act as a buddy to a Year 7 pupil or work with a form tutor  Assist with the organisation and running of after school clubs  Work with a specific Head of Department to organise events or help with notices  Support staff on big public occasions  Help with extra-curricular programmes such as Duke of Edinburgh. Senior Prefect Team Leader – Lead teacher Miss Coughlan Roles and Responsibilities: The role of Team Leader is an important role and provides direct liaison between the prefect teams and the SSLG. It is their job to ensure that your team meets the high standards which are expected of them and to ensure that they follow up if these standards are not met. They are the role model to their team who will take their lead from them. This role will give them the benefits of responsibility, which many further educational institutes will look for, so consequently it will be a demanding role. They are expected to attend many after school and out of school events and be an excellent ambassador for the school. Prefect Team Leader duties  Ensure that their duty team is prefecting in the right positions and are following the job specification  Organise a system of cover and reserves to ensure that all positions are covered  Liaise with Senior Prefects to ensure that prefect teams understand their roles and responsibilities  Monitor and record standards of prefecting, reporting to SSLG on a monthly basis. 12

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Senior Student Leadership Group - Lead Teacher Ms Coughlan Following a hustings process in early March, this will be a democratically elected body which is then short listed for interview with the Head and Deputy Head teacher. It is the main forum for student voice on general issues relevant to students, and also provides more focused reflection on school issues through the sub-committee structure. Senior Student Leadership Group (SSLG) This comprises of Head Girl, Deputy Head Girl, Assistant Head Girls and Senior Prefects which are selected from the long list submitted to the student body as part of the Head Girl election process.  Hold regular monthly and timetabled meetings with Head of KS4 to monitor and discuss perfecting  Take action to deal with prefects not fulfilling their roles including face to face discussions, issuing letters of reprimand and ultimately in liaison with HoKS4 remove from perfecting underperforming prefects.  Work with Head of Year 7 to organise a team of prefects for Year 7 forms  Work with Heads of Year, Heads of Department, Heads of KS and Admin staff to organise prefects for after school events  Liaise with Heads of Department to organise and monitor subject prefects  Liaise with Heads of Maths and English to oversee the Literacy and Numeracy programme at KS3  Senior Prefects are also responsible for monitoring and overseeing the day to day running of corridor perfecting and to Liaise with Head of Year 8 & 9 to organise prefects when KS4 pupils are unable to prefect  Identify and promote good practice by issuing Prefect of the Month Award Deputy Head Girl The primary role of the Deputy Head girl is to support the Head Girl with fulfilling her role and to represent her should the need arise. Role and Responsibilities  Act as a member of the school council  Be a public face of the school (meet and greet guest)  Assist in assemblies  Assist prefects and prefect leaders 13

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Head Girl The position of Head Girl at Grays Convent is very important. The pupil chosen as Head Girl must embody the ethos and spirit of the school, be a role model to pupils and to the outside community and be able to fulfil the role without a negative effect on her studies. Pupils who apply to be considered for the position must be honest, have integrity, be inspirational and have pride in the school. Role and Responsibilities:  Lead by example  Act as a member of the school council  Liaise with Head Teacher and staff  Be a public face of the school (meet and greet guest)  Assist in assemblies  Assist prefects and prefect leaders  Work closely with Head of Year 7 to promote school to primary schools 14

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