Pupil Leadership at SHOM

Sixth form students act as role models for the younger pupils in the school. In Year 12 students act as mentors to Year 7 pupils and as Prefects for Lower School forms and Sixth form students also take a leading role in the School Council.

In Year 13 Senior Prefects assist in specific areas of school life including liturgy, careers and the library and also support the day-to-day running of Departments and volunteer to be Subject Mentors for younger pupils who may be struggling in a particular subject. The Head Girl and Deputy Head Girls are elected by students and staff from Year 13 and play a pivotal role in leading and managing their peers in carrying out their 6th Form responsibilities and in supporting whole school events.

Sixth form students can participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and students have taken part in expeditions to Kenya and the Gambia in order to achieve their gold award. There is an active and ever-expanding St. Vincent de Paul group that supports several community-based projects and there are opportunities for members of the 6th Form to become Eucharistic Ministers, leaders for the junior Youth Club and to take leading roles in the musical and spiritual life of the school.

The four School Houses, Lindisfarne, Rievaulx, Thanet and Whitby are central to the life of the school. Sixth form students are appointed as House officials and are responsible for organising House events and competitions. This experience provides valuable training in organizational, leadership and inter-personal skills.

Highlights of the school year are the annual drama or music competitions and sports day. Every year a group of Year 12 students take part in the Young Enterprise competition in which they create and operate their own business venture. The school has been highly successful in this competition.