At Wickhambrook Primary Academy we strongly believe pupils thrive on being given the opportunity to develop and practise their leadership and nurturing skills and we encourage a range of opportunities for them to act as ambassadors for the school as well as role models for their peers and our younger pupils.
We have our Year 6 buddies who are chosen at the beginning of each year and paired with a child in Robin’s Reception class. We know how important it is that our younger children feel safe and part of the school from their very first day and they always enjoy time with their Class buddy.
Every Friday the Y6 buddy will line up with their Robin’s buddy and they will go into lunch together which they all enjoy, developing a strong bond which carries on throughout their time at school. Our older children are also given responsibility to help oversee that the school environment is kept clean and tidy and help wherever needed and sometimes help in the lunch hall.
Year 6 pupils are asked to put themselves forward for the roles of Heads of House, Sports Leaders and Class Greeters which helps to encourage responsibility, pride and leadership across the school.
Our Heads of House together with a Vice Captain have to apply and prepare a speech to present to their house on which they are then voted for by children across the school to represent them. They act as ambassadors for the school when we have visitors, lead parent tours and play an important role during any open evenings, parents’ evenings and events.
School Sports Leaders are voted for by their Year 6 peers and play an important role in representing the school at sports events as well as leading the children during games at lunchtimes to encourage the children to engage in different activities. They are key to our annual Sports Day where they lead their entire school house, hopefully to victory!
Our wonderful Class Greeters at Wickhambrook are chosen from each class from Year 1 upwards and will welcome any visitors to the school into their class. They will have conversations with visitors about their learning and their experience and answer any questions about the school.
School Council members from Y1-Y6 meet every week, with support from a teacher to discuss items to improve our school and talk about things that matter to them. They represent the pupil voice, making suggestions on their behalf regarding important issues. They also pitch ideas to the Friends of Wickhambrook Primary with suggestions on where funds raised could be spent to enhance the provision within school for everyone.
We choose two Eco Warriors from each class from Y1-Y6. Our Eco Warriors really want to make a difference and help to make Wickhambrook a greener and healthier place to learn. By discussing key issues they help raise awareness of the issues such as recycling, re-using, reducing waste and saving energy around the school as well as sustainability issues in the world we live in. They meet regularly with a member of the teaching team to share ideas, develop initiatives and put projects in place in the school.