Students at Parmiter’s are encouraged to take on leadership roles, whether that be as an active participant in a classroom activity or take on a prescribed leadership role, for example leading sports teams, musical groups, clubs and societies, voluntary activities or being active within a student voice committee.
The student body is represented by Form Captains and our elected School Captains - Junior School Captains (Years 7and 8), Intermediate School Captains (Years 9 and 10) and the Whole School Captains (Sixth Form). School Captains have ‘the ear’ of their peers, lead on student voice and meet with relevant school leaders to discuss student views. Our School Captains play a key role in upholding the values and integrity of Parmiter’s and represent the school at a range of events and functions.
Students within the Sixth Form can apply for the role of prefect. Prefects are assigned to a variety of roles, some specifically working in the various curriculum departments while others take on wider roles, assisting staff and running the numerous clubs and societies. Prefects are also expected to be present at various school events, meeting visitors and touring prospective parents. They are an invaluable resource for the Heads of Sixth Form.
Students are encouraged to lead across our extensive range of extra-curricular provision, be it curriculum based activities such as STEM, supporting peers with their digital learning and IT skills, captaining sports teams or being a Sports Leader, leading the various musical ensembles or promoting creativity, drama and the performing arts.
Through these various roles we aim to encourage and develop leadership skills in each student and ensure our student body is involved in the development of our school. The aim is that leadership is seen as a natural pathway for students, with lower school students striving to take on roles of responsibility as they move through the school.
Student voice consists of five subcommittees which facilitates the School Congress. Students discuss issues which are relevant to their year group and the wider community, contributing to reviewing policies and practice for the benefit of the school, its students and the staff. Recent examples of where student led initiatives have led to positive change across the whole school include revisions to our uniform policy and improving the rewards system to more effectively acknowledge achievement.
The five committees are Attitudes for Learning, Community (which includes the school’s environmental sustain initiative), Equalities, Growth Mindset and Teaching & Learning. Recommendations from each subcommittee meeting are taken to the School Congress, where students discuss items with members of the Senior Leadership team and Governors.
The Sixth Form Council offers another forum in which students work with staff to develop the experience for our Year 12 and 13 students.