At New Mills School we believe that earning and carrying out a leadership role within school helps students develop skills for their futures. Leadership skills and responsibility are promoted through the adoption of a number of roles across the school. All those in such roles can be identified by the badges that they proudly wear:
Head Boy and Head Girl
Students nominate and vote for a Head Boy and Head Girl from Year 11 who represent the school at events and are ambassadors to the younger students in school. For 2018-19 our Head Boy is Jack Bailey and our Head Girl is Rosie Edwards.
Year 11 students support the discipline of their peers and younger students in the dining hall during the lunch hour, helping the smooth running of systems. They act as role models to younger students. Each senior student is attached to a subject and facilitates staff in providing opportunities to the student body. For 2018-19 we have 25 senior students.
Students from across the year groups have been trained to identify and support other students who might be being bullied. Their role is to ensure that incidents are reported and dealt with and any victims are supported appropriately.
Students in Year 10 help students in Year 8 who need support with their reading. The Accelerated Reader scheme enables students to test their understanding and the support offered by the older students can help build skills and confidence.
Year 9 students have the opportunity to develop and practise their leadership skills through sport, supporting primary school activities throughout the year.
Each tutor group from across the school has a Form Captain and Vice Captain. One of these students represents the form on the Student Council, supporting school policy, fund-raising and leadership.
Departments adopt Departmental Leaders as they are required. Responsibilities include lunchtime and break supervision of departmental areas and support for staff as required. These students can be, but are not restricted to being Senior Students.