Enrichment & Student Leadership
As part of developing and preparing all our students for life in modern Britain, we constantly strive to encourage our students to be the best they can be in everything they do. This applies to their own personal development as much as it does to their academic achievement. It is important for every student to be able to use their voice in a positive way and to showcase their skills across the enhancement opportunities of their choice. At Stokesley School we pride ourselves on our vast range of opportunities open to our students.
Our offer at Stokesley School crosses the whole curriculum, including sports, performing arts, leadership, promotional, STEM, anti-bullying, eco-groups, literacy, debating as well as national and international activities including charity work.
At Stokesley School, we are thrilled that we have over 115 students who belong to our student leadership programme with representation across all year groups from Y7-13. Students can apply via a formal letter, but more creative approaches are also readily welcomed including a blog, piece of art, performance piece, poetry or any other creative way they come up with.
Traditionally, we have always had our Senior Prefects including Head Girl and Boy in our Sixth Form. Their duties include working alongside our Senior Leadership Team to promote our school at community events including Stokesley Show and representing our school and Sixth Form at school events including our celebration and open evenings.
Our Head Girl, Head Boy and their deputies meet fortnightly with the Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Darbyshire to consider requests from the student body and devise our meeting agendas, action plans and future steps. Our fortnightly student leader meetings are then chaired by our senior student leaders. In addition to this, our team has operated peer mentoring schemes to support younger students in reading and promoting positive behaviours around the whole school.
Over the last two years, we have developed and created new layers to our Student Leadership Programme. We are very proud that this year, we are inviting our Y10 and Y12 students to apply for the role of prefect/coach and they will be responsible for promoting our school ethos; Ready, Respectful, Ambitious. Those students who are eligible to apply must at all times embody that ethos. We are also excited to be working across our trust with elected members of our student bodies to develop cross-trust work to strengthen our successful student leadership body.
Giving our students a voice promotes self worth and self esteem. Importantly, being involved plays a significant role in how students learn to listen to each other's views, demonstrate tolerance and respect and also develop essential debating and oracy skills.
In addition to our school wide student leadership body, we also now work alongside our other trust schools to collaborate on larger projects. In the Spring term of 2022, we will be participating in a trust wide quiz and sports event.
A message from our Head Girl and Head Boy
We hope you have found our student leadership page interesting. We believe that student leadership is an incredibly important part of school life and is vital in improving the lives of students in school. Student voice allows students to make changes to the school that benefit them and make the school a better place. Student leadership has allowed our students to get involved in such a variety of activities around school. Our leaders have worked amazingly as a team and have made fantastic contributions. Student leadership really allows our students to become more confident whilst taking on different responsibilities.
Our most recent charity fundraising projects have included raising money in November for Children in Need. To raise this money, everyone was invited to wear yellow for the day, had a huge bake sale and sold Pudsey merchandise. We also held a whole school Children in Need quiz to raise awareness of the work the charity does across the world. In December, we also took part in Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for Save the Children and donated a whole school collection to Middlesbrough Foodbank.
In addition to our fundraising projects we are currently working towards achieving the Diana Award and the Eco Award. We are very proud to represent our school at whole school functions and assist in recruitment as part of student panels. If you would like to become involved in our successful group and believe you have ideas which will help our school move forward, then for further information please contact our Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Darbyshire on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alongside the student leadership programme we have numerous other opportunities throughout the year to allow students of all interests and passions to participate and be successful in their chosen field. Some clubs and activities will take place at certain times of the year. Students can find an updated list on the boards near reception or by downloading our current programme.
To supplement our enrichment activities, we also operate numerous national and international trips to further develop our students' understanding of the lives of the other communities. We constantly look for ways in which we can enhance our curriculum and student leaders help to suggest and plan these trips.
Careers trips and events are also scheduled throughout the year targeting all year groups and include engineering, BBC Bitesize, computing and STEM, Post 16 college and university visits and Careers Enrichment Days for all year groups.
LIFE trips have included Anti-bullying Ambassador Training, interview workshops, Digital Ambassador Training alongside visiting workshops and performances.
For more information, please click on the links below:
Please click here to be taken to our extra-curricular booklet.
Please click here to be taken to our enrichment information page.
Please click here to be taken to more information about our LIFE curriculum.