Sixth Form Leadership
The Cheadle Hulme School Sixth Form offers students many opportunities to lead and take responsibility. Our Student Leaders are role models for younger students and staff often look to them for assistance and support.
Sixth Form leaders run academic clubs, organise charity events, mentor Year 7 students, plan the annual Variety Show, influence School decisions, conduct guided tours, and embody the very ethos of CHS.
The School Council is a body of 16 students chosen from members of the Upper Sixth. The Head Boy and Head Girl lead the Council, assisted by their Deputies.
Each year, a shortlist of candidates is drawn up by a vote from students and staff; members are then selected by interview.
Leadership training is provided over the last weekend of the Summer term at a residential course in Patterdale, in the Lake District.
The Council represent the School in a variety of ways and embody the finest qualities that we expect from our students.
They meet and dine with the Deputy Head each Wednesday and have weekly meetings with Senior Staff.
Duties also include presenting at the School's Annual Celebration at the Bridgewater Hall, helping out at various School functions and assisting the External Relations Department.
Entering any new school as a Year 7 student can be a daunting experience. However, our Peer Mentors in the Lower Sixth take on a great deal of responsibility for ensuring that the transition to the Senior School is as smooth as possible, advising, encouraging and reassuring.
Peer Mentors are first introduced to Year 7 students at an Induction Day in June, ensuring every new student has at least one friendly face to look out for when they start in September.
The Mentors meet up with their alloted students weekly during Form Period. This provides an opportunity to complete an activity, engage in an informal chat or, for any Year 7 with a particular worry, to confide in their Peer Mentor personally. This way, any potential problems can be picked up and quickly resolved.
Peer Mentors have also accompanied Year 7 students on their residential trip to Condover Hall (see video on right).
A group of 56 Peer Mentors are chosen following a demanding selection process. They attend a formal training day before the beginning of their Lower Sixth year, developing their leadership skills, understanding their responsibilities and taking part in team-building activities.
Within the scheme, 7 pupils are chosen to be Team Leaders. This provides the opportunity to manage a team of peers effectively, exercising a variety of leadership qualities.
The Peer Mentors stay connected with their students when they progress into Year 8.
Sixth Form Committee
Elected members from each Form in the Upper and Lower Sixth make up the Sixth Form Committee. They meet once a fortnight to discuss Common Room matters and social events including the organisation of the annual Sixth Form Variety Show.
Students host weekly clubs, supervise a range of play activites, organise an annual sports day at CHS and study British Sign Language Level 1 classes to help support the primary school’s hearing impaired pupils.
The partnership brings equal benefits to both the Sixth Form leaders and pupils at Thorn Grove; it encourages CHS students to show leadership, initiative and responsibility outside of their own School experience.
Lower Sixth Form students who volunteer to act as Prefects are expected to meet high standards and act as role models for younger students, supporting teaching staff on duty at Recess and Lunch.
The Student Leaders' Scheme, which is open to the Sixth Form and Year 11, provides opportunities for older students to work in a co-curricular capacity with a variety of younger pupils in the Senior and Junior Schools.
Upper Sixth students can become Student Leaders whilst Lower Sixth and Year 11 students can become Assistant Leaders.
There are over 50 different co-curricular activities which the Leaders can become involved with, including coaching younger pupils in a variety of sports, helping staff to run a range of academic clubs, arranging charity work and quizzes and providing academic support to students in the Lower School.
Students in the Senior School and Sixth Form can apply to become a House Captain for one of the four School Houses, named after notable former pupils; Allen, Clarke, Marsh and Whitehead.
There are four areas for leadership opportunities: Academic, Creative, Charity and Sport. Leaders are chosen for their positive and resilient attitude, reliability, confidence and for their support of others and of the House they represent.
Learning Resource Centre Assistants
Students from Year 7 upwards can join the Learning Resource Centre Assistants Programme. This programme allows students to progress up a structured scheme in which they are trained in a variety of Library-based skills.
Students in the Scheme learn to use the Heritage computerised cataloguing system and often run the Library Counter during lunch times, issuing and returning books and other resources.
They are also trained to help answer queries from other students and staff on resources available for research, as well having the opportunity to staff the Library Resource Centre Bookstore which is open every lunch time.
Participating students have termly meetings to discuss new initiatives.