Throughout their time at Shrewsbury, all students are given opportunities to develop important leadership skills, both in the classroom and beyond.
By taking on the challenges of leadership, students develop important life attributes such as resilience, assertiveness, creative problem solving, teamwork and ability to inspire others. Involving students in service and charitable activities also allows them to understand their potential and responsibility to make positive change to the lives of others, and to embody the school value of Care and Compassion.
Leadership is a key theme of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award scheme, in residential trips, charity and community work and throughout our Co-Curricular programme, which provides the framework for many student-led initiatives and student committees.
With our Scholars, award winners and captains at the forefront, all students who represent the school in our Excellence Programme activities are expected to demonstrate exemplary leadership qualities; on the sports field, on the stage, or as they take to the presenter’s podium.
There are several informal and formal leadership roles and committees which give students a voice in the way the school is run, to represent the views of the student body, to make the school a better, happier place, and to act as positive role models in the community. These include:
Senior Student leadership team: a group of appointed Year 13 students who meet on a weekly basis with the Vice Principal. The team comprises the male and female Heads of School, Assistant Heads of School and Senior Prefects.
House Captains and Deputies (Year 6 and Year 12): Appointed as leaders for the school’s six Houses, the House Captains coordinate House-led initiatives and are the driving force behind preparations and performance at major inter-house events. These events require a significant amount of teamwork and dedication from all House Members (of different ages), and the House Captains must serve as decision-makers, creative problem solvers and role models, with the ability to inspire their fellow housemates to collective success.
Charity Committee: a volunteer committee that supports the Staff-led charity committee, and devises its own initiatives to raise money in support of local charity partners and in response to natural disasters overseas.
School Council (Junior and Senior): An appointed committee that seeks to address and change day to day issues, raised by students, from around the school.
Sixth Form Social Committee: A small group of appointed Year 12 students, who organize popular social events such as Halloween and Christmas parties, student BBQs, and the Leavers’ Ball, and lead fundraising initiatives to support both these events and local charities.
Peace Ambassadors (Junior and Senior): A forum for students who feel passionately about tolerance, justice and peace. Over the course of the year they will be involved with a variety of enrichment activities, designed to develop their leadership, diplomacy skills and emotional intelligence.
Leaders and the Day, and Class, library and playground monitors: Junior school students develop leadership skills in the sphere of their own classroom, or important community domains of the playground or library.