At Earlston High School, Leadership is not just about the few leading the many, it is about leadership for all. By developing leadership we create opportunities that allow our young people to take charge in their lives and helping shape school life and their education to the benefit of all. Currently we have around 500 formal leadership roles for our young people who complement the excellent work of the S6 Leadership Team. Every pupil at Earlston High School has the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through departments, extra-curricular clubs and lessons.
Young people can be a catalyst for change at Earlston High School by bringing issues and ideas to the Pupil Parliament through their Pupil Voice representatives of which there are ten in every year. We look at ‘How Good is our School’ documents to find areas we can work on together to make positive change.
In addition to the Student Council each year group has 10-12 School Ambassadors who help shape and run day to day activities and larger events in the school. These roles carry a lot of responsibility and the pupils selected went through a formal application process.
S1 Leadership Course
All S1 pupils take part in the S1 Leadership course that teaches them basic leadership skills, styles how core values shape us as leaders.
Many faculties also now have Ambassadors who assist in faculty and school events promotoing the work of the faculty. For example History and Language Ambassadors played a big role in the recent School Festival.
For the past two years the S3 Junior Leadership team have organised and run a School Festival which has run on a Saturday. This years’ Festival celebrated the 10th Anniversary of us moving into the High School. Present and former pupils all took part in the days festivities. Music, food, faculty displays, and former pupils such as Olympic Athlete Sammi Kinghorn and Edinburgh Rugby star George Taylor came provide the talks and entertainment.
Roles and Responsibilties
Our pupil leaders are expected to uphold Earlston High School’s core values in their everyday approach to learning and school life. They are role models for all pupils and are requested to assist and attend school events where possible, such as ‘World of work evening’ and parents’ evenings. There is an ever increasing list of opportunities and leadership roles available, including faculty, sports and extra-curricular roles. Keep an eye at EHS on the Leadership notice boards and daily bulletin for new exciting opportunities!