"Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness." Anne Frank
It is a fundamental aim of King’s that we place as much emphasis on both leadership and character development as we do on academic success. Good leaders are people who have a good vision of where they are going in life, are articulate in that they have the ability to communicate and align people with that vision and the confidence to take people with them. They also display both integrity and humility. At the heart of the academy therefore it is the firm belief that we must aim to create moments when our students can see and believe in themselves as never before and to translate such moments into lessons for everyday life. In order to unlock leadership potential in our young people, leadership is delivered through five components: theoretical leadership, practical leadership, enterprise, service and professionalism.
Leadership is delivered as part of all students’ core curriculum. Leadership theory is delivered by King’s Academic Tutors through novel and exciting leadership packages written by subject matter experts within the Great Schools Trust. This bespoke Leadership allows students to learn and develop a deeper understanding of the basics of leadership and becoming a leader. Furthermore, how to become a better follower and team member. The practical application of leadership is delivered through a numseveralol-based activities through enrichment and Super Learning Days, discovery and adventure on the Character Residentials in Year 7 and 8 to North Wales and the Lake District and in wider school life through leadership opportunities and positions.
From Year 9 all students begin their Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award. Students continue to study Leadership theory as part of their core curriculum through the Great Schools Trust leadership curriculum. This provides our students with a leadership trajectory from Years 7 through to 11 they link their Character lessons to leadership and develop concrete connections to both subjects. For practical leadership development, students will continue to undertake their DofE to complete their silver by the end of Year 11. Those in the Combined Cadet Force for enrichment also have leadership opportunities by becoming Non-commissioned officers (NCOs) forming part of the leadership structure and are role models to the junior cadets and inform training and delivery across the Trust. Within wider school life there continue to be opportunities to develop students’ leadership and influence the King’s experience.