Student Leadership

Welcome from the Head Boy and Head Girl

Archbishop Holgate's School is outstanding because of everything we represent – predominantly reflected through our principles of values, care and achievement. We truly believe that these principles makes Archbishop Holgate’s School a happy, safe and supportive learning environment, where pupils and teachers alike feel secure and confident. Personal and academic achievement is celebrated within the school community, ensuring that every student is supported in reaching their potential. The consistent support and excellent teaching standards at Archbishop Holgate's are reflected in the outstanding results, and also in the confidence that students develop to believe in their abilities and the opportunities that are awaiting them after they finish their time here. Moreover, the school takes the time to nurture every child and enable them to become enthusiastic and well-rounded individuals that enjoy contributing to their community, a trait that pupils will carry forward into the rest of their lives.

We are immensely proud of our 63 Student Leaders in the Sixth Form, the biggest cohort in our school’s history. Student Leaders are a vital part of main school and Sixth Form life as they provide a network of young adults who can maturely and effectively communicate between the student cohort and staff body. They also play a key role in helping the school to grow and develop, through, for example, strengthening the role of student voice within school and playing their part in collective worship. Furthermore, Student Leaders have incredibly important roles within, and also beyond, the school community as they are ambassadors for the school. They support the school at a variety of different events, representing the school and its Christian values, and so embody all that is best about our school. As well as this, the Senate meet every other week to discuss a range of issues to make direct change for the student body within Sixth Form and across main school. So far this year, we have discussed adding benches to the outside area for the Sixth Form, as this was a particular issue highlighted by students. Being a Student Leader is an excellent opportunity for students to take an active role in their school community and to promote how enriching leading change and the student body can be. As Head Boy and Head Girl, we enjoy working with a supportive and pro-active team that are as passionate about Archbishop Holgate's as we are. This is evident when working together during events such as the Minster Carol Service, Parents' Evenings, and a charity football match we organised earlier this year.

We also believe that the school is outstanding due to the opportunities it offers, including extra-curricular clubs, programmes such as NCS and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and a wide variety of trips which cater for the wide range of students that come to Archbishop Holgate’s School. The range of trips across a broad subject and cultural range offer valuable and enriching experiences which truly enhance education. Between us as Head Boy and Head Girl, we have visited Geneva, Switzerland ,Cape Town and South Africa - both providing incredible and interesting experiences that shaped us as students.

We are both very proud of our school and the Christian Values that it embodies. The generous array of opportunities that are offered to every student work towards creating well rounded individuals who thrive in a caring and holistic school community.

(Ellie is currently studying History, Politics, Maths and Philosophy and Ethics and James is currently studying Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths.)

 Head Girl Boy James and Ellie 

Year 7 School Council Representative

“I wanted to get involved in School Council because I wanted to take some responsibility and develop my leadership skills. I also wanted to make student-driven improvements in and around school. I really enjoy our meetings, because I get the opportunity to share my ideas, as well as those of my form and I really like incorporating as many ideas as possible. I really hope to be involved in School Council again next year, as I’ve loved every minute of being part of it during Year 7!”

Year 9 School Council Representative and BBC School Reporter

“I wanted to get involved in School Council because I think it’s important for students to be able to have a say about what they would like to change or improve around school and I wanted to be that connection between staff and students. I’ve also been lucky enough to be involved in the BBC School Report for the last two years and have really enjoyed this because it gives me an opportunity to write about the things that I care about, like Politics, and explore the news in more depth. It also helps improve your English language skills!”

York Youth Council Representative

“I wanted to get involved in York Youth Council after I saw a notice about getting involved in York Youth Council. I really like debating and communicating with others. Being part of this group feels like being part of a community of like-minded people – those who want to make a change to young people’s lives in York. Even when we disagree and have different ideas, we listen to each other because we know that we have the best interests of York’s young people at heart. The campaigns we’re working on, and have worked on in the past, are relevant and are based on the votes of teenagers across the city – it’s democracy in action! I like the fact that we get to meet with local councillors about the issues that matter to young people and bring about the best course of action for all concerned.”

Year 9 Anne Frank Exhibition Guide

 “This is the second year I’ve acted as a guide and I’ve really enjoyed it; it’s interesting to teach others about the events that led to Anne’s death, along with the millions of others who lost their lives in the Holocaust. I’d not read Anne’s diary before I was trained as a guide, but I found learning about her and the events that led to World War 2 fascinating. I also like the fact that I’ve been able to discuss the reasons that led to Otto publish Anne’s diary – he believed prejudice and discrimination are truly deadly when left unchecked. We must educate people about the past and explain how we need to take action against prejudice and discrimination to stop events like this from taking place again. I’m proud to be a part of this process!”

Year 10 Primary Mentor

 “I wanted to get involved in primary mentoring to help younger students improve their reading skills and gain confidence so that they could begin to enjoy reading for both the love of a good book and to help them access tricky texts, so they wouldn’t fall behind in secondary school. I really liked working with the pupils in Year 5 and 6 on their pronunciation and their vocabulary. The pupils I worked with were really motivated and willing to learn and I looked forward to seeing them every Wednesday!”

Year 11 LGBT group member.

“The school is working really hard to be tolerant and celebrate individuality. The LGBT group is great as it allows students to have a voice and celebrate their individuality. We have done lots of great work this year and we managed to have a huge turnout at York Pride. This is a student group which raises the profile of LGBT around the school and everyone is welcome.”

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