Leadership skills are being encouraged among students at a Chester high school.
Upton-by-Chester High School successfully piloted the SSAT Student Leadership Accreditation (SLA) last term.
The SLA is an innovative way of formally recognising students’ leadership skills, encompassing all activities students are engaged in whether it is in the classroom, across the school or in the wider community.
The first students to gain this national award are now going to encourage, mentor and assess their peers as the programme is rolled out across the whole school.
Praise from headteacher
Headteacher Paula Dixon said: “I was really proud to award this national certificate to our students. They have demonstrated real passion, commitment and enthusiasm in all the activities they have led in and out of school. They will be able to use their portfolio for their personal statements in the sixth form and take them to interviews.”
One of the successful Year 12 students said: “I was very pleased to receive the SLA gold award as it recognises my leadership skills and I am now looking forward to supporting other students through the scheme.
“I spent the summer volunteering in an orphanage in Malawi and I am currently working on developing a link with a Year 8 class at Upton and Open Arms Malawi so that all students benefit.”