A place to lead.

Taking the lead

As you become more independent, you will gain responsibility – both in your studies and in wider Sixth Form life.

All Sixth Formers lead by example, modelling our core community values of compassion and kindness to younger girls across our schools. Key leadership roles suit different individual strengths and include: Head Girl, our prefect team, Music and Games captains.

If elected to a leadership position, you will play a key role in many activities – from helping with community outreach, to planning and contributing to wider St Mary’s events. If selected to join our School Council, you will gain first-hand experience of democracy in action – discussing matters which affect students across our school.

How will you take the lead?

  • Get involved ... in one of our Student Committees which inform and deliver change across different areas of school life, including:

    • Debating
    • Digital
    • Eco
    • Inclusivity
    • International
    • Mary Ward values
    • Wellbeing
  • Youth STEMM Award (Years 9 to 13) - Share your passion for STEM by taking the lead in developing public engagement activities and inspiring younger students.

  • Inspire others - If you have an interest or talent you would like to share … why not set up a club or society for younger girls? Previous student-led initiatives include MedVet Soc and clubs for Drama, Music and Politics. Alternatively, you could co-ordinate external speakers, organising events that enrich Sixth Form life by bringing in fresh ideas and inspiring stories from the wider world.

  • Make a difference - Through Girl Up, a global movement founded by the UN to promote gender equality, our students connect with like-minded young women to make positive change to the lives of girls in developing countries.

  • Speak up for social justice - If you would like to be a social justice pioneer, then join other students on the CAFOD Youth Leadership Programme in Year 12 and gain the skills and inspiration you need to effect change.

  • Raise awareness - Each year, Sixth Form students play a key role in our annual fortnight of activities which raise funds for Glanfield Children’s Group, which runs a holiday-pilgrimage to Lourdes in conjunction with the Catholic Association. They also raise awareness and funds for different causes, such as educating girls in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, period poverty and local charities.