Opportunities for leadership
There is a range of opportunities for student leadership at St Marylebone. These include leadership in sports and performing arts and ambassador roles such as Diversity Ambassadors, Healthy Relationship Ambassadors and Mental Health Ambassadors. There are also creative, editorial and journalistic opportunities available in the production of St Marylebone publications such as NewsTues, SMSspeaks and the St Marylebone Messenger. More possibilities for student leadership are below.
Student Leadership Team
The Student Leadership Team (StLT) champions the voice and vision of our students across the school. Being part of the team is a valuable experience in teamwork and leadership, as the StLT takes on responsibility and works hard to fulfil its goals. Acting as an interface between students and teachers, and leading the School Council, the StLT brings about the change students want to see in our school community. The StLT consists of the Head Girls, Deputy Heads and House Captains. Each StLT agrees to its own goals and priorities for the year.
Our Current Student Leadership Team
We are very pleased to share the first image of our 2021/22 Student Leadership Team!
We are excited to see what this brilliant group of students will achieve in their new roles.
Head Girls and Deputy Head Girls and Boy
The Student Leadership Team (Head Girls, Deputy Heads and the House Deputies)
The School Council is made up of a Form Captain and Vice-Captain from every Form in the school. The Council is led by the StLT and they meet on a weekly basis. The Form representatives attend meetings and then feedback to their Form groups. They focus on a range of goals and priorities including the school environment, charity fundraising and celebrating achievement. School Council is all about creating a space for student voices to be heard, an opportunity for their concerns, commendations and priorities to have an impact on school improvement and student development. It is a valued and integral part of the St Marylebone ethos and community.
6th Form Committee
The 6th Form community is a group that focuses on 6th Form-specific priorities whilst also creating opportunities for leadership and teamwork. The 6th Form Committee focuses on the facilities for 6th Formers, arranging events (such as the leavers’ event), creating the yearbook and many others. The Committee works closely with the StLT. It is a great opportunity for the students to challenge themselves and make a positive difference.
The Head Girls are the leaders of the Student Leadership Team. Below is a statement from our Head Girls (2021/22) on their experiences of Marylebone, why they chose to become Head Girls and what they are planning to do during their time in the StLT.
When we joined in 2015, Marylebone was very different. There was no fancy water dispenser, we didn’t have a climbing wall, the music chairs weren’t purple and trousers were an unimaginable addition. We were both also very different, standing about 5 inches shorter. Freya was in the early stages of growing out a fringe which she coupled with wired rectangular glasses; Zippy struggled to move in her blazer three sizes too big as her heavy bag pulled her much closer to the ground than she already was.
It is reminiscing on these considerable changes to ourselves, our peers and our school that motivated us to take on the role of Head Girls. We want to help shape a school that shaped us so substantially, whilst listening to younger students, sixth formers and teachers to create an environment that supports and motivates everyone. Because, in our eyes, Marylebone’s greatest quality is the extent to which each individual’s experience is so different. As stated in the school’s ethos: it provides an ‘opportunity to excel’
Collaboration is integral to Marylebone’s identity. It was only during the Covid-19 Pandemic that the stark need for togetherness became so visibly apparent. From the competitive world of inter-house sports to fundraising at Friday lunch bake sales to the annual Christmas flashmob, it is evidently clear that Marylebone thrives off community spirit. This was in large part the inspiration for us running as co-head girls. We decided that after the last 20 months, working together with honesty, integrity and enthusiasm was the best way forward.
We are honoured to have the support of a truly incredible team working alongside us. Our weekly Monday meeting gives us a space to share projects, make plans and feedback ideas in a constructive way. We are currently working on prioritising our goals for the winter term, including fundraising and awareness projects, whole school events and long-term projects. Being able to pull on such a variety of personalities, passions and skills in such a respective, positive way is the defining feature of our team and makes our meetings a pleasure.
Although our time at Marylebone is nearing the end of its seven-year journey, we find great comfort that the team’s contributions will help the school pave the road for many more generations of students to come. We are so excited for the next year as we navigate very new and changing times.