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Student LeadershipA dedicated team of students apply for, and are appointed to assist in whole school developments, briefing and informing both fellow students and members of the community on school matters and changes.

They contribute to the school newsletter; promote health and well-being; organise fund-raising; increase community links; cohere student voice; conduct learners' views; act as peer mentors; act as guides and ambassadors; and help shape school initiatives.

The information below is broken down into the following categories;


1. Aims of Student Leadership

  • To offer a range of roles and responsibilities to a large number of the student population
  • To promote student leadership, active ownership and a sense of pride in whole school matters
  • To develop staff: student dialogue, especially around teaching and learning, healthy schools
  • To deepen student engagement and positive self-esteem
  • To contribute to whole school improvement


2. Overview

The role of the students in the life of the school is vital if we are to continue to thrive and become a high performing school, which empowers all our students. There will be an extensive range of opportunities for students to contribute to the well-being and development of the school during all stages of their school career and compliment the leadership potential available through the vertical house system. Students will be encouraged to contribute formally and informally in a number of ways and through a variety of democratic structures. All roles on the student leadership programme will be advertised and students will be allowed to apply for positions of responsibility within the academic year.


3. Roles within Student Leadership

Head Boy/Girl, Deputy Head Boy/Girl

Sixth Form students apply for and are given posts of responsibility within the school. There is a Head Boy and Head Girl (Year 13) and Deputy Head Boy and Girl (Year 12) who represent the school and work with SLT and the Governing Body on issues that affect the students' experience. They will lead the student leadership team, attend and chair cabinet meetings, and represent the school in a number of public evenings.


Student Council

This is a democratically elected body which will be composed of representatives from each House. It is the main forum for student voice on general issues relevant to students. It comprises of four committees (Healthy Schools, Fundraising, Curriculum, and Community), who each have members, a secretary and a minister who chairs the meetings, and a cabinet that meet twice a term with the support of an Assistant Head Teacher. It has had and will have a great impact on a range of issues from curriculum choice, lunch arrangements, community safety, uniform, healthy lifestyles, and fundraising initiatives.

Student Leadership Team
Student ministers, Head Boy and Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Girl, Upper School House Captains, Y11/Sixth Form
Curriculum Action CommitteeStudents from Y7-Y13
Students focus on improving the in-lesson experience by hot-seating different Heads of Faculty or Subject leaders on pre-prepared questions and subject development plans, discuss and decide on new learning developments, and promoting world class learning for students.
Healthy School Action CommitteeStudents from Y7-Y13
Students focus on improving the health and well-being of students including anti-bullying, , catering, buses, break / lunchtime/ outside school activities, uniform, and healthy living.
Community Action CommitteeStudents from Y7-Y13
Students focus on improving the school and local community, including student communication, e-safety, safer internet use, social media, buildings, environment and links with local community.
Fundraising Action CommitteeStudents from Y7-Y13
Students focus on raising funds for the School and student nominated charities, Children in Need, Comic Relief and other national charity days.
All Students at DHFS
Student Council Assemblies, Mentor groups, e-mail, on-line surveys and opinion boxes


Student Peer Mentors

Student learning mentors who mentor and support the progress, achievement and well-being of younger students within the school. They will meet their mentees on a regular basis, follow a formalised programme that will track and check the progress of the mentees. The SLMs will receive training from Mrs Compai (Director of Teacher Development / Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator) and will liaise and feedback with their House Progress Leader on a regular basis The opportunity provides younger students to receive support from their peers, and the mentors to develop leadership, communication skills, and enhance their employability when leaving the school.


House Captains

Each House will have a minimum of 3 House Captains; lower, middle and upper school representatives, who work closely with the House leadership team to organise and encourage students to participate in inter-house competitions, act as role models and ambassadors for their house, and assist in the running of the House system.


Anti-bullying Ambassadors

ABAs are a team of students who promote the anti-bullying message within the school community, creating a positive, safe and happy environment to work in. They are a point of contact for students who may have concerns around being bullied or other students who are being victimised. This group of students report to the House team.


Student Ambassadors

Student ambassadors are called upon during the year for parents' evenings, open days, induction evenings, and to act as tour guides. Their primary role is to act as good publicists for the school and to support the management of whole school events. They receive appropriate training tailored to the event that they will support.


Student Interviewers

This body of students are responsible for interviewing all new members of staff at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School and make a recommendation to the interview panel. Any role advertised and interviewed for meets with a Student Interview Panel. It is a very positive part of the recruitment process for candidates, the students and the school.

We want to recruit as many students as possible who want to contribute to school life.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Are you proud of your school?
  2. Can you see yourself as a role model?
  3. Do you want to increase your employability with employers and educators?
  4. Do you want to give something back to the school and the community?
  5. Do you want to learn new skills?
  6. Do you want to take an active role in your learning?
  7. Can you listen as well as speak?
  8. Do you have something to say?

If you answer yes to these, then complete an application form, available for download from the bottom of the page.


4. Student Leadership Team

We have a 'Student Leadership Team' consisting of:

Head Boy

Student LeadershipFinn Ranson (Baggaley)

My main passion is tennis, and I have competed at a national level for eight years. I am also an assistant tennis coach at Dronfield Tennis Club, a Regional Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust and work voluntarily in both print and broadcast journalism.

I am currently a recipient of the Sutton Trust US University Programme scholarship; inspired by the approach of US colleges, I hope to bring a more holistic dimension to the school environment through introducing more clubs and new career discussion forums, where like-minded students can discuss and swap tips for the field they aspire to enter.

It is my ambition to become a valuable representative of our school's student voice.


Head Girl

Student LeadershipAmy Charles (Fanshawe)

Hi, my name's Amy Charles and I'm part of this years Student Leadership Team. Currently I'm studying four A-levels; biology, chemistry, maths and further maths.

In my spare time I love playing sport and socialising with my friends. My favourite sport is dance and I have attended dance classes for over ten years.

As part of the Student Leadership Team I want to achieve the best student experience for every student and aim to use your ideas and feedback to accomplish this.

After Sixth Form I hope to progress onto university to study biochemistry.


Deputy Head Boy

Student LeadershipGeorge Vandrill (Buxton)

I am currently studying maths, chemistry, and biology and my goal is to study medicine at university.

Outside of school I am involved in a Scouts group where I attend Explorers and help lead Scouts. I also volunteer at the Ashgate Hospice charity shop in The Forge in Dronfield.

In the summer I like to fill my weekends with long games of cricket which I really enjoy (when it's not raining).

When I'm not Scouting or cricketing I like to play music with my band, and in the school orchestra I find this a great stress relief and I really enjoy it.


Deputy Head Girl

Student LeadershipLucy Pratt (Millican)

Hi! I'm Lucy and I'm a member of this year's student leader team. Right now, I am studying English language, drama and theatre studies, history and philosophy.

After finishing my time at DHFS, I hope to go to university to study politics before ideally becoming an influential human rights campaigner.

I'm a big lover of music, drama and art but also enjoy playing hockey in my spare time. A couple of my favourite hobbies are reading, collecting vinyl and going thrift shopping.

I aim to help improve the school this year with the other members of the student leader team and am always open to hearing my peers' suggestions for changes. I hope to do everything we can to make DHFS an even happier and healthier environment for everyone.


Deputy Head Girl

Student LeadershipOlivia Yates (Millican)

My name is Olivia Yates, I am deputy head girl. I am currently studying, theatre studies, home economics, history, psychology and core maths.

For the future I am interested in becoming a psychology teacher and would like to go to Sheffield University.

I love Disney movies and musicals and I also enjoy cooking for my family.

I am a very confident, friendly, outgoing person and I believe that I can make a difference in this school.


Deputy Head Girl

Student LeadershipMegan Spotswood (Gosforth)

My name is Megan Spotswood and I am in Gosforth. I am currently studying biology, chemistry, Spanish and maths and when I finish my A levels I hope to go to University to study biomedical science with Spanish.

I have been dancing for over fifteen years and now teach three days a week. I also am a member of Girlguiding and through this have had many unforgettable experiences and met some amazing people from all over the world. I also enjoy going to watch Sheffield Steelers Ice hockey team, with my family.

I applied for this role because I want everyone to be able to have a school experience that is as positive as the one I have had. I want to help students voice their opinions, in order to make the changes that they want to see in the school. I also want to be able give back to the school community by engaging with younger students so that everyone can have the best school experience possible and I wanted to take on more responsibility within school.