Junior Leadership Team

Heathcote School 108At Heathcote School we believe that pupils should be given a wide range of opportunities to develop and practice skills, attributes or dispositions that will help prepare them for life beyond Heathcote.

Our Junior Leadership Programme focuses on all pupils benefitting from the cultural capital London has to offer and ensuring that all pupils at Heathcote benefit from an enriching, fun and academic curriculum.



The aim of our JLT programme:
  • To empower pupils to work in partnership with staff towards shared goals.
  • To enable creativity to flourish as the school community benefits from the wealth of experiences, ideas, skills and sense of fun that pupils bring.
  • To provide opportunities for pupils to develop leadership skills through a variety of inspiring, challenging and valued projects which impact positively on learning, teaching, outcomes and well-being for both pupils and staff at Heathcote School.
  • To prepare pupils for Further and Higher Education and for achieving personal and professional excellence in life.


What is the purpose of Pupil Leadership?
  • Shows all pupils have leadership potential
  • Contributes to raising standards
  • Central strand of pupil achievement
  • Raises aspirations
  • Recognises talent and contribution to organisation
  • Marketing – pupils more competitive (CV)
  • Empowers pupils to work in partnership
  • Enables creativity to flourish as the school benefits from a wealth of experiences
  • Provides opportunities for pupils to develop leadership skills
  • Prepares pupils for life beyond school
  • Contributes to the community they live in
  • Understanding of the organisation they are in
  • Raises self-confidence/maturity/responsibility
  • Improves behaviour
Pupil Leadership Team & Prefects:
  • The Head Girl, Head Boy, Deputy Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy are the most prestigious roles that our pupils can obtain. They are required to undertake numerous public and community-related activities.
  • Prefects are KS4 and KS5 pupils who have undergone a rigorous selection process. They each have a range of specific duties to fulfil.
  • Pupils will meet regularly with Ms Morrison to plan events and to support the pupil body initiatives.
  • Participation in Year Council and pupil Leadership Team meetings. Taking positions of leadership.
  • Running of focus or discussion groups with pupils to address specific issues, summarising of the outcomes and presentation of these outcomes to the Head Teacher or Leadership Team.
  • Attendance at assemblies for linked year groups when possible. Occasional running of assemblies or giving of presentations in assemblies.
  • Participation in mentoring schemes for younger pupils.
  • Attendance at school events and Parents’ Meetings.
  • Attendance at Open Evenings (for Year 6 parents) to promote the school and address audiences.
  • Giving tours and general public relations work with visitors to the school.
  • Occasional attendance at Governing Body meetings to give updates on the views of the pupils.
  • Maintaining a visible presence around the school and play a role in maintaining good order.
  • Participation in school development work and occasional work with outside agencies on developing the school.
  • Advertising and promoting the school to a wider audience through prospectuses, visits to other schools and marketing of promotional material
School Council:
  • Platform for pupil voice, working in partnership to promote whole school themes e.g. mental health awareness, which reflect the needs and wants of the pupil body.
  • Raising money for charity and leading on whole school initiatives.
  • Running whole school events which promote the school in the local community.
  • Being a direct line of communication between pupils, staff and senior leaders.
  • Ambassadors of Heathcote.
  • Leaders in our local community.
  • Creating opportunities to have a fun experience in school!


School council in action:
  • 2 representatives per form group who will meet half termly with their Year Council.
  • 2 members from each year group form the Whole School Council who meet twice half termly to discuss items arising from year team level
  • Creation of ‘School Council Action Plan’
  • School council notice board/display area in school to raise profile/highlight current work
  • Friendly competition between Year Councils e.g. charity fundraising. End of year prize for winning year group.
  • Inspirational, fun and active meetings!