Burnt Mill: Ambitious young leaders have been appointed to help shape their school’s future.

Ambitious young leaders have been appointed to help shape their school’s future.

A TEAM of 12 students have been given a place on the student senior leadership team (SSLT) at Burnt Mill Academy.

Head boy Asa Fletcher-Snow and head girl Isabel Murphy will be supported by deputies, SSLT members and senior prefects as they go into Year 11.

While the head team is usually made up of ten students, the quality of applications was so high, the group has had to be expanded this year.

Francis Collins, deputy headteacher, said: “The standard of applications this year was unbelievable. The ideas the students proposed will work and will help to make the school even better than it already is.

“What came through strongly with each candidate was how proud they are to be involved. They were all nervous, but the way they spoke was phenomenal.”

Students had to submit a letter of application outlining what they bring to Burnt Mill, what they would bring to the role and how they would contribute to the Burnt Mill community.

Shortlisted candidates had to then give presentations to both senior staff and Key Stage 3 student leaders who had a vote.

Asa said: “I’m a confident young man who wants to represent the school in the best way I can and improve it in any way I can.

“One of the ideas I put forward was for a student support system looking after the wellbeing of students and making sure the younger students especially have someone to turn to.

“It’s amazing. I am very, very proud to be given this opportunity and I feel very lucky.”

Isabel said: “I wanted to be a role model to other students. When I started at Burnt Mill, I was part of student voice and I wanted that work to continue. I had to appeal to get my place at Burnt Mill, so it means a lot to me to be a student here.

“I spoke a lot in my interview about the environment and how I want to make changes in the canteen, such as using wooden cutlery and compostable boxes.

“I am really happy.”

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