Ethos and Student Leadership

Welcome to the Ethos and Student Leadership page! At DGS we take immense pride in the ethos we create and promote every day. Leadership for girls is at the heart of the Dr Khanwork we do here. When our students leave DGS they will be confident, compassionate and creative women who will shape the future in a way that empowers them. Our students develop their leadership skills in a variety of ways: from Year 7 to Year 11 we offer them an eclectic and exciting range of opportunities detailed below. At DGS, leadership is broad and it is inclusive. We want all our girls to be equipped with the ability to lead others, but more importantly, lead themselves. Personal biases aside, I feel that Leadership is one of the most exciting and invigorating aspects of school life at DGS!

Dr Khan
Head of Ethos and Student Leadership

 


Ethos and Student Leadership at DGS

We have an exceptionally strong culture for Student Leadership at Didcot Girls’ School. In our day to day school life we create a range of eclectic and exciting leadership opportunities for our students, enabling them to become effective, inspiring and compassionate leaders in the world. At DGS Leadership is always wide-ranging, inclusive and accessible to all.

Our Leadership Values

Term 1: Vision

Term 2: High Standards

Term 3: Resilience

Term 4: The Growth Mindset

Term 5: Responsibility & Empathy

Term 6: Oracy

Opportunities across the School:

Lower School Leadership Awards: Students work towards gaining their Bronze, Silver & Gold Leadership Awards. They can also work towards attaining their Platinum Award which involves a minimum of ten hours of community work.

Upper School Leadership Awards: Students work towards gaining their Bronze, Silver & Gold Leadership Awards. They can also work towards attaining their Platinum Award which involves a minimum of ten hours of community work.

School Councillors: represent the student body and organise events/initiatives throughout the school year. They lead their group in a national 'First Give' project when in Year 9 which involves researching a local charity and making a visit there.

Form Captains: appointed by tutors to carry out a range of duties during Student Guidance Time

Subject Ambassadors: chosen independently by individual departments to represent their subject

Ethos LeadersEthos Leaders: a leadership opportunity in Year 10 to work alongside the Head of Ethos and take the lead on significant events throughout the year.

Deputy House Captain (Year 10): a new and exciting opportunity that allows one Year 10 student per house to be a formal and fully-fledged part of the House Captain team.

House Captains Year 11House Captains and Deputy House Captains (Year 11): an exceptional opportunity for Year 11 students to lead the school throughout the year. The House Captain team is appointed after a rigorous and robust interview process.

Prefects (Year 11): a carefully selected group of Year 11 students with whole school responsibilities through the year.

Subject Ambassadors: chosen independently by individual departments to represent their subject.

Subject Mentors: chosen by individual departments to work with students from lower school on a one to one basis.

Transition Leaders: appointed to enable the transition for Year 7 students to be smooth, productive and exciting.

 

Additional opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Taking the lead during Student Guidance Time
  • Leading part of a lesson
  • Presenting to staff, parents or governors
  • Leading a club
  • Presenting in assemblies
  • Being a school tour guide
  • Organising a charity event
  • Captaining a school team in a fixture
  • Helping to complete a display board
  • Performing or assisting in a drama production
  • Being a Peer Mentor
  • Representing the school in a competition
  • Arranging the participation of your house in a House event

     

Design and Technology: Learning Champions to cascade their skills and knowledge to other pupils.

Business Studies: Year 9 students organise a 3 day school Christmas fair, investing their own money in the enterprise.

Psychology: Sixth Form mentors for GCSE students.

Languages: Sixth Form helpers in Year 11 lessons and Language Ambassadors who promote Modern Foreign Languages around the school.

Maths:  15 Year 9 mentors each term working with Year 7 students on Fridays as part of KS3 Maths intervention.

English: Reading Ambassadors and mentors for younger students as well as a Poet Laureate each year.

Music: Music Ambassadors/Lead Ambassadors - responsible for managing ambassadors, preparing concerts and leading generally. Ensemble Ambassadors - responsible for managing rehearsals, taking registers, helping with setting out etc. Year group ambassadors - delegates for that year group

Documents

Thought for the Term Date  
Mrs Fulwell's Thought for the Term 14th Feb 2020 Download
Miss Roberts' Thought for the Term 27th Sep 2019 Download
Dr Khan's Thought for the Term 07th Jun 2019 Download
Mr Tamplin's Thought for the Term 14th Jun 2019 Download
Thought for the Term Kennedy House 03rd Oct 2019 Download
Dr Khan's Thought for the Term 28th Feb 2020 Download
Dr Nickerson's Thought for the Term 20th Jun 2019 Download
Mrs Fulwell's Thought for the Term 11th Oct 2019 Download
Dr Comina's Thought for the Term 06th Mar 2020 Download
Miss Street's Thought for the Term 05th Jul 2019 Download
Dr Khan's Thought for the Term 12th Jul 2019 Download
Mr Manning's Thought for the Term 19th Jul 2019 Download
Dr Coldwell's Thought for the Term 13th Mar 2020 Download
Dr Khan's Thought for the Term 06th Sep 2019 Download
Dr Comina's Thought for the Term 08th Nov 2019 Download
Mrs Bowers Thought For the Term 26th Mar 2020 Download
Mr Dingley's Thought for the Term 15th Nov 2019 Download
Ms Hopkins' Thought for the Term 02nd Apr 2020 Download
Dr Khan's Thought for the Term 22nd Nov 2019 Download
Dr Khan's Thought for the Term 20th Apr 2020 Download
Mr Fulwell's Thought for the Term 29th Nov 2019 Download
Miss Littler's Thought for the Term 01st May 2020 Download
Associate Head Girl's Thought for the Term 06th Dec 2019 Download
Mr Tamplin's Thought for the Term 13th Dec 2019 Download
Dr Comina's Thought for the Term 07th May 2020 Download
Mrs Fulwell's Thought for the Term 15th May 2020 Download
Mr Willett's Thought for the Term 22nd May 2020 Download
Mrs Berrill's Thought for the Term 10th Jan 2020 Download
Dr Comina's Thought for the Term 17th Jan 2020 Download
Meara James' (Bussell House Captain) Thought for the Term 27th Jan 2020 Download
Lauren Rutterford's (Adie House Captain) Thought for the Term 31st Jan 2020 Download
Dr Comina's Thought for the Term 13th Sep 2019 Download
Miss Roberts' Thought for the Term 07th Feb 2020 Download
Miss Davies' Thought for the Term 20th Sep 2019 Download
Back to Top