Student Leadership

Student Leadership

Leadership is the art of creating positive change by motivating and influencing others towards a common goal. Opportunities to lead will allow students to develop interpersonal skills, communicate effectively which in turn will promote strong relationships within community members.

“People who lead - whether or not they have a title - strive to make things better for those around them”

Mark Sanborn

At Safa Community School we offer a range of leadership opportunities, within the students learning environments and formal leadership. Naturally some students will want to put themselves forward for a variety of different roles or some they will be recommended by their teachers as an individual that demonstrates the characteristics of a good leader. In line with our vision it is important that we prepare students so that they can be the next generation of leaders in the wider community.

"Leadership is the capacity to influence others through inspiration motivated by passion, generated by vision, produced by a conviction, ignited by a purpose."

Myles Munroe

It is important that students take an active role in their school community whilst also developing positive skills in the process. The art of negotiation, cooperation, empathy and teamwork are just a few characteristics of good leaders. These inherent qualities are ingrained in some and others, they will develop these over time as they get older.

Throughout their school journey, students will have the opportunity to apply for roles (but not limited to) as listed below:

  • Head Boy/ Girl
  • Senior Prefects
  • House Captains
  • Sports Leaders
  • Eco Warriors
  • Class Reps
  • Student Council
  • Wellbeing/Mental Health
  • Subject Specific Leaders

The use of learning gears promotes collective responsibility in the classroom and provides the students with the opportunity to be self managers and be leaders when working as part of a team.

In the Primary phase the use of Kagan groups gives the students the chance to take on a variety of roles within a group context and share the leadership responsibilities.

Teachers will provide students with the opportunity to be learning coaches particularly in the primary phase. Secondary students will have leadership opportunities as mentors to younger students helping to set clear targets and goals that are measurable over a period of time.

It is important that students know that they have the ability to lead others whether they have a title or not.

At SCS we encourage collaboration and communication among our students in lessons and where possible, we ask students to take on leadership roles within the classroom to help improve the learning of others.

Mentoring is the influence, guidance, or direction given by a mentor. In a school setting, we will always encourage students to support their peers in their personal or academic development. Mentoring takes place throughout the school involving a range of students from different phases. Being a mentor serves as a way to give back and is an important development and learning experience. Teaching others is the best way to learn yourself. In the same way, mentors become more competent as leaders and communicators as they guide and help rising talent.

Head Students 2023 - 2024

Senior School

Head Boy
Matthew McKenzie
Head Girl
Shahad Al Redha
Deputy Head Boy
Zico McKinven
Deputy Head Girl
Maisy Read

Middle School

Head Boy
Isaac Kane
Head Girl
Sofia Saadioui Martin
Deputy Head Boy
Zaid Qadri
Deputy Head Girl
Sally Dahlman

Primary School

Head Boy
Nishuka Balasuriya
Head Girl
Ghita Bentaleb
Deputy Head Boy
Jack Lewis
Deputy Head Girl
Layla Gilmore