Executive Principal's Blog

Leadership in the Wren Sixth Form

11 November 2016

One of the Academy's key aims is to provide all of our Sixth Form students with a range of leadership experiences by the time they leave the school.  As 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 leadership responsibilities attached to them.  If the school can help prepare our students so that these responsibilities are easier for them to assume then so much the better.  As well as taking on these professional 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.

At Wren we try to 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.  All of these things will be provided within our distinctively Christian school environment as we strongly believe that leadership has a moral dimension and that our students should be encouraged to lead in a thoughtful and considerate way which takes account of the needs of others and of the impact of decisions upon the world around them.

We would like Wren Sixth Formers to demonstrate an awareness of leadership qualities by the time they leave the Academy.  We hope that they are increasingly able to incorporate some of this thinking into their own behaviour.  At present we are finalising a list of the most important leadership qualities we believe students leaving Wren at the end of Year 13 should possess.  These are some of the things we think are particularly important:

  1. Responsibility: students  recognise that they are society's leaders of the future and actively seek to prepare themselves accordingly.
  2. Moral perspective: students reflect and act upon the leadership messages contained within the Academy's Christian ethos.
  3. 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.
  4. Acting alone: students understand there may times where they have to speak out alone for something they believe in.  They should understand when and how to do this.
  5. Resilience: students will learn that good leaders are resilient, able to bounce back from adversity. They will learn from resilient leaders.
  6. Leadership styles: students will learn that the best leaders are able to work in a variety of ways according to circumstances.
  7. 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.
  8. Embracing leadership: we want Wren students to be enthusiastic about leadership and hope our programme will inspire them to want to lead.
  9. Opportunities: students will learn about leadership in a range of professions and other contexts within society.
  10. The reality of leadership: last but not least, students will learn to appreciate the importance of good planning and organisation to successful leadership. 

Filed under: Sixth Form Posted at 09:09 on 11 Nov 2016