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Senior Student Executive

Being part of the Senior Student Executive is rewarding to your academic career and you as a person. You get to work as a team and voice the opinions of the rest of the students. It’s a brilliant thing to put on your CV and is recognised by universities and employers in personal statements.

Each year students are invited to apply for a position on the Senior Student Executive team. A rigorous process of selection is used and applications are carefully scrutinised and assessed. If a large number of applicants come forward a first round shortlisting process occurs and the ones that go forward are invited to a formal interview to discuss the role and what they would personally bring to the role and how they see themselves working for the benefit of all students in the school.

Hustings are held where the applicants can talk about their reasons for wishing to be elected to the Student Executive Team and the opportunity to question each candidate is offered to the student population. The formal interview is then held with the School Principal Mr O’Brien, The Head of Sixth Form Mr Whitaker and the current reigning Student Principal. The successful candidates are notified and a special handover assembly is held to recognise and congratulate the newly elected team members. This process provides a solid foundation for acquiring formal interview experience and is taken very seriously by the students.

Connor Wickham

Connor Wickham

Student Principal

Being Accrington Academy’s Student Principal I have various responsibilities and take part in different activities within the sixth form, both during the college day and at extracurricular events. This role also means I am part of the Senior Student Team which acts as the ‘voice’ for the students. As a team we organise extracurricular events such as paintballing, Jump-Nation and coordinate our own Alumni association. I represent the team in student councils and give speeches at Academy events, as well as being an ambassador at recruitment events in the wider community. The most rewarding part of being a member of the senior team is seeing the Sixth Form grow and develop into something more than how we found it #MoreThanJustResults.

Jess Williams

Jess Williams

Vice Student Principal

The main reason I wanted to be on the team was because I was going into my seventh year at the academy and I wanted to give something back. Being Vice Student Principal was a perfect opportunity to do so by getting involved with the lower school, doing lunch duties and being the voice of the students to help improve aspects of the Sixth Form. Some other things I have been involved with is running and co-ordinating Saturday Sixes, a mentoring programme with lower school to prepare them for their upcoming GCSE exams, going into lower school to help out in forms and assemblies, and co-ordinating revision resources to help other students in the 6th Form Study Room.

Erika Fogg

Erika Fogg

Assistant Principal

My main role as Assistant Principal is ensuring that the gap between the Sixth Form and main school is bridged. Integrating Yr12 and 13s into main school forms and inter-college challenges with the aim not only to develop the leadership, maturity and communication skills of our Sixth Formers but to change the perception of the Sixth Form students to be a role model for younger students will aspire to be like. Alongside this, I have been involved in numerous projects such as student voice, Sixth Form developments and the organisation of alumni events but more recently the planning of our Yr13 Graduation Meal, to which I have brought in the skills of students outside of the team.

Jenna Tate

Jenna Tate

Y12 Representative

I am currently on the SSE as a year 12 representative. I applied for this role as I felt it was a great opportunity for me to learn and develop new skills such as management and leadership. I have been involved in numerous projects with the team which includes planning transition days for new Sixth Formers and working alongside pastoral staff members in lower school. Being on the team has allowed me to mature as an individual and develop a strong passion for believing in others. I am passionate about improving the facilities and trip opportunities at the Academy. Currently, I am also working towards achieving my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award too.

Tyra Taylor

Tyra Taylor

Senior Student Team Member

As part of my time on the Sixth Form leadership team my role has included working alongside Mr Ashton on Pastoral Welfare. This has meant I have helped with student voice projects and looked at developing mental health provision in Sixth Form. I am part of Caerus College and work with the student councils on issues in the college. I am currently working with other members of the team on the Graduation Meal for Y13 Leavers.

Blake Barrett

Blake Barrett

Y12 Representative

I am part of the Senior Student Executive and my role is as one of the Year 12 representatives. Each year there are two students from year 12 who are selected to join the team. Our role is to support the team through projects and improvements made to the Sixth Form. We are involved in the transition for year 11s, supporting them through choosing which Sixth Form to join and giving them assistance on their interviews and personal statements. I am part of a team which aims to improve our connection with the main school, make any necessary changes to benefit the students and improve our already outstanding reputation. I am also responsible for Academia magazine.

Ellie Curtis

Ellie Curtis

Senior Student Team Member - Alumni

During my time in year 13 at the sixth form, I undertook the role of Student Principal and took lead of the student team. Upon returning to the academy to do an extra year to improve my grades and resultantly receive an offer from my desired university, I was asked to be part of the student team once again, offering general assistance in all areas. I have taken part in organisation of alumni events and have helped edit articles for the student magazine Academia

Ellis Bickerstaff

Ellis Bickerstaff

Senior Student Team Member - Enrichment

My role within the SSE team is Enrichment. The role has allowed me to make mine and other students’ time at the sixth form an enjoyable and rewarding journey, through providing extra-curricular events and the formation of a Sixth Form football team. I have also offered my assistance at a number of recruitment events in schools across Lancashire and at a number of open evening events assisting with A-level taster sessions in PE and Drama. My experiences and involvement within the Sixth Form have allowed me to help write articles in the Academia magazine from alumni events to sporting successes.

Bobi De-Maine

Bobi De-Maine

Senior Student Team Member - Academia & Marketing

As a member of the SSE I am involved in various projects that include: Sixth Form to school integration, organising alumni events and general Sixth Form improvements. As a team we aid the movement of introducing our students into the lower school forms to gain a greater relationship between the age groups. This will help our year 12 and 13 students to improve upon many skills, including communication and teamwork and it in turn gives lower school a comforting connection study here. We also believe it is important that we have a role of trust and let people know that if they have any issues, that they can come to us to talk about it. I have been involved in leading on our first musical festival too as part of my BTEC Music Technology course.

Roles of a Senior Student

  • Lunch duties
  • Delivery of assemblies
  • Running student councils
  • Delivering enrichment activities
  • Co-ordinating Graduation Meal
  • Producing Academia magazine
  • Co-ordinating Alumni Association and events
  • Maintenance of displays
  • Peer mentoring
  • Saturday Sixes
  • Attendance as ambassadors at local recruitment events
  • Blogging for the website
  • Co-ordinating student voice campaigns
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