By the time our girls leave Red Maids’, many of them will have taken leadership roles within the school, had regular sessions on citizenship, completed voluntary work in the community and have had a number of lessons in ‘life skills’ to prepare them for leaving home.
The majority of leadership opportunities occur at the end of the Spring Term in the Lower Sixth. There are 14 Senior Student Officers and these are all elected posts: Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl, four House Captains, eight Deputy House Captains and two Head Almoners.
Other positions of responsibility include Form Peer Mentors, School Magazine Editors, Ball Committee Members and Common Room Leaders. Or, Sixth Formers can choose to become a mentor for a younger student. For all these, our students receive leadership training from our Pastoral Head and SENCO so they are fully prepared for their chosen role.
Voluntary work is one way to contribute to the community, at the same time as learning new skills and gaining experience of the world. This work varies from helping in local primary schools or working with local charities. We also have a school-based programme of fundraising, led by the Sixth Form, which enables thousands of pounds to be donated to charity each year.
Through these opportunities, our students gain vital experience in taking responsibility, decision-making, organisation and communication. All of which helps to prepare them for the next stage in their careers.