Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy values student engagement and contribution. We believe that our students can have a profound impact on both developing our aims and improving our provision. We know that involvement in Student Leadership projects can improve learning and develop the skills and traits needed for success outside of the classroom but in addition to this it encourages young people to think about others by considering how best to serve the community that they are a part of. Our Student Leadership provision therefore aims to enable young people to realise their potential whilst building on necessary skills, confidence and motivation to allow students to engage directly in the wider improvement of the school. The programme aims to encourage deeper student engagement and empower the partnership between students and staff; building a sense of community and trust in the school. SCWA is committed to giving students the opportunity to participate actively in academy life and as such offers a range of leadership opportunities.
The Student Leadership programme provides students across KS3-KS5 the opportunity to positively impact the school community and develop their holistic skill set. In a tiered approach to leadership responsibilities, students are encouraged to undertake roles that afford them the opportunity to:
- Communicate effectively with a range of different stakeholders via assemblies, speaking at key events, contribution to the newsletter and meeting with the Principal and Governors
- Identify key areas requiring change within the Academy and to formulate plans on how to achieve the desired outcome
- Engage with the wider school and local community through fundraisers and voluntary work
Overview of the Student Leadership Team 2020-2021
Senior Student Leaders
Senior Student Leaders play a pivotal role in running the academy wide Student Leadership Team and are responsible for bridging the gap between the student body and staff. They are responsible for multiple high profile roles such as attending meetings with School Leaders, Governors and other stakeholders. They are also required to represent the academy at events and present to large audiences such as at Open Evenings and Stationers’ Company events. Our Senior Students Leaders were appointed following a rigorous and highly competitive selection process, including presentations and two formal interviews.
Year 11 Head Girls/Boys
Year 11 Head Girls/Boys are responsible for running the Student Leadership Teams in their respective home schools and contributing significantly to whole school initiatives of their choice. Appointed students have proved themselves to be outstanding members of the school community. Students were chosen following a challenging three step selection process that included a written application, presentation and formal interview.
Wider Senior Student Leadership Team
In addition to the key Student Leaders above, five additional Arden students have been appointed to Senior roles. These students have proved that they are committed to working with the student body to help improve provision. They have multiple roles within the team, including working closely with affiliated Year 11 Head Girls/Boys.
- Deputy Senior Student Leaders – Sam and Jeremy
- Assistant Senior Student Leaders – Toby, Ade and Ella
Prefects have a range of responsibilities and duties and also support positive behaviour around the academy. They are required to conduct themselves as positive role models in their everyday interactions at SCWA. Prefects support the work of the Senior Student Leaders and Head Girls/Boys and contribute to student voice via involvement in student council activities.
- Senior Prefects: Abigail, Jason, Guilia, Elizabeth and Houston
- Year 11 Prefects
- Ashdown: Jack, Lily, Lara, Lauren, Thomas, Madeline, and Erin
- Delamere: Alexander, James, Ellie, Nancy, Angela, Harry, Paulina, Nya’Lay and Sydney
- Sherwood: Charlotte, Harry and Anaisa
Year 7 – 13 Student Council
This is a democratically elected body. Tutor groups vote for tutor representatives who will attend Student Council meetings.. The Student Council is led by the Senior Student Leadership Team and Year 11 Head Girls/Boys.. The Student Council is the main forum for student voice and is led by the Senior Student Leaders who report to the Principal on a regular basis.
Student ambassadors are called upon during the academic year for parents’ evenings, open days, and tours of the academy. Their primary role is to provide good public relations for the academy. All students are encouraged to become SCWA ambassadors at some point in their education.
Duke of Edinburgh Programme
Students who are interested in a recognised leadership and skills course while demonstrating energy, self-discipline, commitment and a capacity for teamwork can apply for the programme at SCWA. Achieving an award will give students the skills, confidence and view on life that is highly sought after by employers, colleges and universities.
Combined Cadets Force
CCF offers young people a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities. The aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline.
The CCF programme gives young people the life skills and self-confidence to take charge of their lives so they can reach their full potential at school and beyond, including in employment.
SCWA offers a comprehensive mentoring programme where student volunteers are trained and appointed to one of numerous roles including:
- Academic mentoring – helping students on a one-to-one or small group basis with studies
- Pastoral mentoring – one-to-one support for those students who need a helping hand with things such as settling in, organisation or even just seeing a regular friendly face!
- EAL mentors – one-to-one support for students who have English as an additional language
- Clubs for lower school students run by Sixth Form students
Mentoring is a really fulfilling role which enables students to develop a wealth of important transferable skills.
The Dance leadership programme offers students the opportunity to work in small groups to create and lead on the teaching of dance sequences for 4-11-year-olds in one of our 7 local feeder schools. Leaders travel to linked primary schools and assist in the teaching of dances to groups of 15-25 primary children. At the end of the programme, dance routines are showcased in performances involving over 100 students.
Representative on the Greenwich Young People’s Council
SCWA works with Greenwich Young People’s Council, offering students the opportunity to campaign for a position alongside students from other schools within the borough. A crucial aspect of the role is to influence decision-making within the council – including local and national politicians. Students meet regularly to discuss issues, plan projects and campaigns, and meet the people with the power! Students receive free training, coaching and mentoring and are offered opportunities to gain accreditations and awards in a variety of areas..