Developing leadership skills
Our Year 12 Student Leaders attended a Leadership Development Event, run by Kevin Netherton from the Yorkshire Leadership Academy. Kevin, a Geography graduate from the University of Leeds, runs a number of successful businesses in the travel and tourism industry and has previously served as an Officer in the Royal Navy.
Nineteen student Leaders learned about different leaders, situational leadership and leadership skills. They did a SWOT Analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) and started to develop ideas for what they would like to achieve in their roles as student leaders.
Jonathan Baines , Year 12 student, said: “The student leadership meeting was a great opportunity for all student leaders to grow as a team and as individuals in how they work for the benefit of the school. Mr Netherton’s talk was a great boost to enthusiasm for the group to pursue new ideas and possibilities to make Richmond School and Sixth Form College the best it can be through improving our leadership skills and how we plan to go about things in the future.”
Andy McCarthy, Governor, attended the event and said: “An enlightening day for our Sixth Form Leadership team, they are certainly more aware of their strengths. Their enthusiasm for leadership has caught fire and they are now keen to explore their effectiveness, supporting the school and college and in preparing for the next phase of their lives.”
Kevin Netherton said “It was great to work with the next generation of leaders to equip them with the foundation skills they need to thrive in the workplace. The students had a fantastic attitude and willingness to learn which means that they are halfway there already! As they continue to reflect on the type of leader they want to become and identify what they need to do to get there, they can make their ambitions a reality”
Ms Mannion, Careers Leader, added: “This group of Year 12 student leaders is particularly impressive and they were very engaged and involved. They are interested in all aspects of leadership and in really understanding what motivates people, and how to have maximum impact as a leader.”
Students also had the opportunity to meet Mr Richard Crane, CEO of Areté Learning Trust, who shared some of his leadership experiences, and dealt with challenging questions from the students. Mr Crane concluded: “This was a fantastic event which it was great to be a part of, and to hear the students’ views on leadership skills and styles, and to discuss different leadership scenarios with them. Our students were full of confidence and great ideas and insight, and I am sure they gained a great deal from the event.”