Student Leadership at Southgate School is an important aspect of engaging our students as decision makers and young people who understand democratic values.
Each year students have the opportunity to apply to run for Student Leadership and to represent their House. We expect our Student Leadership Team to embody the core values of the school and they are expected to:
- To have attendance of over 96%
- To take part in extra-curricular activities
- To be able to speak and present in front of an audience
- To be able to share ideas with staff and students
- To have an excellent behaviour record and model behaviour to students across the school
- To actively promote the Southgate School Vision
Five nominees from each House are selected from the applicants to stand for election and they are encouraged to canvas and campaign with students across Years 7 – 11. The election process then culminates in a day of voting – over the past three years we have had an increase in the number of students turning out to vote which clearly shows that our students are interested in the democratic process and actively engage with important issues around the school. The team meet throughout the year to discuss and action issues that are raised by the wider school community, last year these included:
- Catering in the canteen
- The Positive Behaviour Policy
- The Home Learning Policy
- Environmental issues
- The planning of student led assemblies
- Rewards and charity fundraisers
Elections take place at the start of each academic year and all students are encouraged to submit an application to run for election.