Everyone a Leader
One of the Academy's key aims is to provide all of our Sixth Form students with a range of experiences which will help prepare them for life after school. Most of our Sixth Form students go on to take degrees at leading universities. It is likely that within a few years they will be taking up jobs which have significant leadership responsibilities attached to them. Consequently, we believe that helping prepare our students to become leaders of the future is a big responsibility for us and one we take seriously.
The key aspects of our leadership development programme are outlined below. The programme incorporates wider aspects of leadership such as how leaders should conduct themselves beyond the workplace and how leaders need to be aware of their own wellbeing. Within our framework for leadership are many of the skills required for a successful life.
As well as looking at career based leadership responsibilities, we also want Wren Sixth Form students to be leaders in other aspects of their lives. This may be in their local community, campaigning for a cause they feel strongly about or leading by example when challenging situations arise in their lives. The moral dimension of leadership is a prominent part of our programme.
At Wren we will ensure that all of our Sixth Formers receive a range of leadership experiences. These will take a variety of forms including visiting speakers, leadership training activities or participation in our student leadership team. Our students will be encouraged to lead in a thoughtful and considerate way which takes account of the needs of others and of the impact of their decisions upon the world around them.
We would like all Wren Sixth Formers to demonstrate awareness of the leadership qualities below by the time they leave the Academy. We hope that they are increasingly able to incorporate some of these aspects into their own behaviour.
- Responsibility: students recognise that they are society's leaders of the future and actively seek to prepare themselves accordingly.
- Moral perspective: students reflect and act upon the leadership messages contained within the Academy's Christian ethos. Students recognise that caring for their own wellbeing in an essential element of leading others.
- Acting together: students appreciate the value of teamwork. They understand how to build and lead an effective team and how to be a good team member
- Acting alone: students understand there may times where they have to speak out alone for something they believe. They should understand when and how to do this.
- Resilience: students will learn that good leaders are resilient, able to bounce back from adversity. They will learn from resilient leaders.
- Leadership styles: students will learn that the best leaders are able to work in a variety of ways according to circumstances.
- Looking and listening: students will learn that leading is not just about telling people what to do. They will be given strategies to help them observe and listen effectively.
- Embracing leadership: we want Wren students to be enthusiastic about leadership and hope our programme will inspire them to want to lead.
- Opportunities: students will learn about leadership in a range of professions and other contexts within society
- The reality of leadership: last but not least, students will learn to appreciate the importance of good planning and organisation to successful leadership.