We passionately believe that the girls sitting in our classrooms right now will be the women walking tall through the corridors of power tomorrow. To facilitate this process, we offer outstanding leadership opportunities in the Sixth Form – but we also make sure that girls don’t have to wait until they’re in Year 12 before they start gaining leadership experience.
Leadership opportunities exist across the whole spectrum of school life. There are specific elected roles within tutor groups, including Form Leader and Deputy Form Leader, Charity Rep, School Council Rep, Green Rep and IT Rep. We also offer girls the chance to become Sports Leaders, which enables them to coach and mentor younger players. We operate reading schemes that enable older students to read with younger girls from the Prep School as well as students from other schools as part of our wider community partnership programme.
Finally, there exist other, ad hoc opportunities to exercise one’s leadership skills. Students with clear leadership ability are encouraged to help run the Student Panel Interviews for new students and staff and to conduct tours for visitors and staff appointments.
Most importantly, we support girls in leading their own initiatives, whatever these may be. Examples have included a Year 7 girl promoting a Youth Parliament campaign, Year 8 girls leading assemblies, a Year 12 student setting up a belly-dancing club and Year 13 girls organising a Green Fair for the whole school with local Oxford businesses participating.