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School Council – executive board

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Library Leaders

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Literacy Leaders

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Community Leaders

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Art Leaders

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Language Leaders

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Sports Leaders



The School Council is compromised of an elected representative from each form. We currently have 40 active members of the School Council. We meet fortnightly and plan school events, such as mock elections  and Family Mornings. We also discuss school issues and represent the student voice feeding back thoughts and opinions to the Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body. Members of the council have a responsibility to both represent their form within meetings and then communicate outcomes back to their peers. Members gain skills in communication, both in terms of speaking in public as well as listening, and they learn to negotiate and respect one another. They grow in confidence as the year progresses, developing planning, organisational and budget skills. One final role for the School Council is fundraising. The council researches and votes on which charities we support through activities such as non-school uniform days and our whole school RAG week. The School Council has an executive board made up of our Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Media coordinator; these positions all supported by deputies.


Community Leaders are predominately Year 10 and Year 11 students. As a Community Leader students are expected to be exceptional ambassadors for Taverham High School. They may be asked to show visitors around the school, welcome visitors at open events, run activities within the school, support students in the lower school or get actively involved in fundraising ventures. Community Leaders would be expected to attend Open Evenings and events such as the Family Morning. Community Leaders will develop their communication and organisational skills, enabling their confidence to flourish. Interested students must complete the Community Leader application form and attend a short interview. 


Languages Leaders complete 6 units in Year 10. This includes delivering part of a lesson to their peers, a lunch time activity for KS3, a Christmas lesson to KS3 and spend some time in a local junior school delivering a full one hour lesson to the students. They must also complete a cultural research project. They must spend time planning the activities after school and at lunch times. The purpose is to improve their language skills and to help to inspire and enthuse younger students. They may also be asked to help out with other tasks in the languages department. They will gain crucial leadership and organisational skills and learn how to present themselves in a professional manner. To become a Language Leader, students must complete the application process which includes a small project.


Sports Leaders’ training is completed during lunch time and after school. The training students receive is in house from a member of staff and also through sharing good practice in sessions. The purpose of the scheme is to develop leadership within a sport setting, grow confidence, master skills in managing groups of students, plan and lead activities in and out of school and work closely with the junior schools and the sports development officer.


Girls Active Leaders will help raise the profile of sports and physical activity amongst female students in the school. They will plan and lead sporting activities to all year groups who attend the club. It will develop their leadership skills, knowledge, confidence and organisation. No specific training is given, just support and guidance from staff. Girls Active club takes place Wednesdays after school.


Art Leaders are responsible for the celebration and integration of the student community with the Visual Arts. They promote and engage others in planned workshops such as the Big Draw, clubs and activities which will inspire, spark imagination and encourage creativity. Art Leaders are ambassadors for the art department taking an inventive lead in Open Evenings, extra-curricular opportunities and exhibitions. An Art Leader will typically attend one or two meetings per month and actively plan and engage in both department and school wide incentives, allowing them to build skills in communication, planning and organisation. Interested students complete an application form and attend a meeting to discuss the position.


The Literacy Leaders programme is aimed at Year 10 students who want to support students in Years 7 and 8 with their literacy skills. All leaders work in pairs or as a small group, visiting their allocated forms once a week during tutor time. Leaders help the younger students with their reading, by listening to them read in small groups or 1-1 and helping them if and when help is needed. Once the Literacy Leaders know their groups well, they go on to plan whole class activities for the class such as spelling games and competitions. Leaders may also be asked to help out at key events such as Open Evenings or Family Days. Students wishing to become a Literacy Leader submit an application form and then attend a group interview discussing the role.


The role of a Library Leader is to support the aims of the library in school; in doing so they are making a valuable contribution to the life of the school. The Library Leaders help to develop the library and the services it offers, making a difference to other students’ learning. They help the library staff to provide the best library service they can. The Library Leaders act as a role model for other students. Whilst being a Library Leader students develop their communication and problem-solving skills, learning to work well with others as a team. Becoming a Library Leader is a position of responsibility within school, requiring independence and quick thinking. Students must write to the school librarian stating why they wish to become a Library Leader. All students are then offered the opportunity to take on the role.

Students follow a training programme (Pupil Librarian Toolkit) created by The School Library Association, increasing and practicing skills while earning Awards. Leaders have a duty rota for putting these skills into practice.  


Although not officialy part of the Leadership Scheme our ELFS plays a crucial role in our Pastoral Support. The ELF team is a group of Year 10 peer support students who are selected and trained to listen. The role of the ELF is to support, listen and encourage positive relationships and social interactions within school. They are easily identified by their green hoodie or identity badge. ELF students are available when they are on duty at break and lunchtimes. The ELFs also work closely with the Year 7s and are involved on the new intake day. They are allocated to a form in Year 7 and spend at least one tutor time per week supporting the form tutor and students.