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​Sixth Form Pupils Getting a Head Start

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Our King’s Young Leaders Award, created last year and aimed at aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs, is about to commence for the second year, following the success of the pilot programme in 2018-19.

The award, which ran from January to June, was an intensive mentor-led programme of leadership study and application involving plenty of stretch and challenge.

Its purpose is to allow candidates to demonstrate their leadership skills, unlock hidden leadership traits and expose them to challenging leadership scenarios that test their effectiveness and influence. By utilising opportunities provided by existing subject societies, houses and co-curricular groups, those who opt to join are encouraged to demonstrate leadership in different aspects of their school life.

In the first year, 38 Lower Sixth pupils successfully passed the programme and were involved in everything from organising a primary school swimming gala, to out of school activities. During these initial phases, the pupils met regularly with their mentors, evidencing specific instances of initiative, demonstrating a tangible outcome for their chosen project.

Run by our Head of Business and Economics, Tim Jordan and, Head of Careers, Clare Lewis, pupils have been assigned mentors and will commence the programme in November. Those who successfully complete it will gain an ILM level 2 qualification in leadership.

One current Lower Sixth pupil keen to engage in the programme is Jago Schmidt. Already showing entrepreneurial spirit, Jago recently set up a T shirt business, and would like to pursue a career in the creative industries. He has a website and is already selling some of his creations: https://jqgobrand.square.site

Commenting, Tim Jordan said: “We’ve had another fantastic response, with pupils signing up to be part of the programme. Jago is a great example of how our pupils look to stretch themselves and explore opportunities outside the classroom. We are looking forward to working with this next cohort of young leaders.”

Our alumni network, Beyond King’s, also offers pupils another resource where they can access careers guidance and advice from over 800 of our former pupils, parents and staff.

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