The development of leadership skills is an essential prerequisite to future active citizenship and our young leaders’ model is designed to promote this skill.
Every class or form has a democratically elected class representative whose role is to represent the ‘voice’ of their classmates in the formal school council meetings. Secondary school student council meetings are student led and held twice a term. During these meetings, which are held either online or in school, the students raise issues, make their suggestions for fundraising and trips and share ideas for future activities. Our head teacher and other Senior Leaders are also present. The minutes of these meeting are then submitted to Senior Leadership for consideration, action or resolution.
The leadership model includes the three House Captains and eight student Ambassadors. The Ambassadors fulfill a pastoral role that includes helping new students to integrate into the school, leading fund- raising initiatives and representing Byron College within the wider community.
An example of one such initiative is the recent research visit to northern Evia; an area devastated by the fires of August 2021. Student Ambassadors and student Heads of Secondary and Primary school met with local people and heard firsthand of their experiences, the economic and personal cost as well as the ecological catastrophe. They presented their findings to the whole school and take the responsibility for a long-term fund-raising program which will include further visits and active participation in the regeneration of the area.
The four most senior student leaders are the Head Boy and Head Girl and the Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl who play a vital role in the liaison between leadership and students. They also represent the school at official events both in and out of school along with our Primary School Head Boy and Head Girl.