Student Leadership

Article 12 (respect for the views of the child) Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This right applies at all times, for example during immigration proceedings, housing decisions or the child’s day-to-day home life.



Developing Student Leadership across the Academy is key, as when given the opportunity young people can have a profound impact on their schools.

Involvement in leadership activities can improve students’ learning as well as helping them to develop the skills and traits needed for success outside of the classroom.

The Dartmouth Academy Student Leadership Programme aims to increase the opportunity for Student Leadership across the school and to enhance the input students have with rewards, whole school events and student well-being.

Our Student Leadership Programme is an integral part of our whole school house system which encourages friendly competition through regular events.

Leadership roles and responsibilities

Student Senior Leadership Team: CHAIR & VICE-CHAIR Year 11

  • To promote academic achievement of all students regardless of ability to increase motivation, resilience and confidence.
  • Ensure that all students have excellent communication opportunities to allow them to access all areas of school life.
  • To make sure every child feels safe and welcome in school.
  • To support students to feel ready and prepared for secondary school and for examinations.

Valued Voice and ambassadors:

  • LGBTQ+ ambassador in the school to oversee and ensure an inclusive curriculum throughout.
  • Well-being ambassador in the school to empower students to develop ways to enable peers to seek help, improving access to mental health support in your school or setting.
  • Two student ambassadors from each tutor who have leadership of the student voice of their group.
  • To liaise with each other and increase the role of Student Leadership across school.
  • To provide valuable feedback on ‘school life’ including teaching and learning, wellbeing provision, home-learning and rewards.
  • To support the SSLT in their role around school and any whole school events.

What benefits can leadership provide?

Leadership can provide you with a range of opportunities and help you develop key skills such as communication, both your written and verbal communication skills will develop as Student Leaders are involved in a number of different activities such as presentations. Organisational skills will also be important in a Student Leadership role, and these opportunities will help you to develop your organization skills as you will need to plan and lead upcoming whole school events. Prioritisation, listening and feedback skills are also amongst those you will develop.

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