New Student Leadership Team Creates Even Stronger Community at ARK Kings

ARK Kings Academy's Head Boy and Head Girl appoint the 2015 student leadership team

On Tuesday (20 January), ARK Kings Academy marked BBC Democracy Day by announcing the newest members of its student leadership team. The announcement marked an important milestone for ARK Kings, further strengthening the school community and giving students more of a say in the decisions that matter to them.

Giving students a greater say

A total of 13 new student leaders were announced. Four deputies (two boys and two girls) will provide support to ARK ARK Kings’  head boy and head girl. Each deputy will have responsibility for a particular aspect of school life, from attainment to enhancing our programme of enrichment activities.

As well as deputies, nine students will also have the opportunity to serve as prefects. The role of prefects is to encourage conversation and engagement between students and staff. Through their everyday interactions, prefects will listen to and feedback students’ views. They will also encourage their friends and classmates to make the most of the opportunities on offer at ARK Kings.

Making a difference

Speaking after the appointment of the new leadership roles, head boy Suffiyan said:

“In the best schools, teachers and students have a  good, strong bond and this creates a positive learning environment. The new deputy and prefect roles are important because they will help ARK Kings’ leadership team know what students think about a range of issues.”

The new deputies were excited about their new roles and what they can accomplish. Keeley, deputy head girl with responsibility for attendance and behaviour, said: “I’m interested in improving the system, making it a little clearer for students to understand what’s going on.”

Another deputy, Makalia, is looking forward to further improving access to careers advice and guidance: “As a school, I think we should start career planning early, when people start to get more serious and begin thinking about their GCSE options.”

Look out for regular updates throughout the week on the work of our student leadership team.

Student leadership team 2015

Name Role
Sufiyan Head Boy
Demi Head Girl
Josh Deputy Head Boy (Rewards)
Jordan Deputy Head Boy (Community and Parental Engagement)
Makalia Deputy Head Girl (Curriculum Development and Enrichment)
Keeley Deputy Head Girl (Attendance and Behaviour)
Whitney, Charlotte, Chloe, Trinity, Rebecca, Paul, Layton, Lydea, Layton and Harriet Prefects

Each of the new student leaders were appointed following a competitive selection process. Each candidate wrote a personal statement explaining their suitability. Candidates were then shortlisted before being interviewed by a panel made up of both staff and the head boy and girl. Set out below are the details of the 2014/15 student leadership team.

Explore BBC Democracy Day online

To mark the 750th anniversary of the first English parliament, the BBC ran a series of special programmes looking at democracy past and present, asking how democratic we really are and exploring what the future holds for democracy.

You can find out more about what happened on BBC Democracy Day by visiting the BBC website.