At CNCS School, we believe that all stakeholders should be given the opportunity to influence our school. We try to provide students with a number of different Leadership opportunities whilst they are at school. We believe that it is imperative to give students a voice and to take their opinions and views on board, looking to change and improve things where we can.
Below is a list of the main leadership roles and opportunities we offer here at Cardinal Newman Catholic School:
Head Boy and Head Girl
Year 12 have the opportunity at the end of the academic year to apply for the role of Head Boy and Head Girl. This is the pinnacle of student leadership and the role comes with a detailed job description which both challenges and develops the leadership skills of those students selected. The schools current Head Boy and Head Girl are Oliver Kelly and Ellie Moorcroft. The Deputy Head Boy and Head Girl are Niall McDermott and Chrizia Dombele.
The Prefect System is highly respected by our students and they wear their special pins and lanyards with pride. They are easily identified by the school as they are distinguished by their green ties. Our Prefects are positive role models and help to promote the ethos of the school by supporting both staff and students in everyday tasks, events and initiatives. Our students are eligible to apply for these positions at the end of year 10, if they meet the criteria relating to attendance, punctuality and behaviour, and have the qualities needed to be successful in the role.
The purpose of the committee is to support the aims of the school by inviting pupils to take part in communicating their ideas and suggestions about a wide variety of issues. Pupils are encouraged to develop skills to help them communicate, think about important issues, express and justify opinions and contribute to discussions and debates. Minutes of the meetings are taken and shared with staff and students. A list of actions is drawn up and then students are informed of any decisions made via the noticeboard area in student reception.
Year group councils
Each year group has a council specific to their year group and the needs of its students. Each form is represented and meets with the SPL (Student Progress Leader) for the year group. Following on from these discussions the SPL can look to address or raise any issues that have been raised.
So far this year, agenda items have included:
- Communication around school
- Room signage
- Canteen queues
- Homework sanctions
- Developing the school environment
The Eco-Committee is run and lead by like-minded students from each year group who take the lead in introducing, running and developing the Eco-Schools programme. Currently, the school are completing the steps towards achieving the green flag award. This award embarks the school on a meaningful path towards improving the environment in both the school and the local community while at the same time having a life-long positive impact on the lives of young people and their families. The Eco-Schools Green Flag is an internationally recognised award for excellence in environmental action and learning and the Eco-Committee are working extremely hard within the school to ensure Cardinal Newman achieves the award.