Nord Anglia Education
Nord Anglia
28 September, 2023

Empowering Student Leadership: Fostering Responsibility and Character at BSG

Empowering Student Leadership: Fostering Responsibility and Character at BSG - Leadership
Leadership at BSG takes many forms. On an individual level, we believe our students have an important role in leading their learning. We encourage them to be highly engaged learners who understand their strengths and appreciate their areas for development. Equipped with this knowledge, and under the skillful guidance of their teachers, BSG students can then identify the next steps required to meet their learning goals. By empowering our students in this way, they become more active in the learning process, have a greater degree of responsibility for leading their learning and ultimately, develop the appreciation that fosters a commitment to life-long learning. As a result, at BSG we encourage students to be part of our parent - teacher conferences, for example, which provide them with an opportunity to reflect on their learning with their teachers and parents and lead discussions around attainment and progress.

At another level, student leadership at BSG fosters a sense of responsibility, builds character, and helps students develop leadership skills that extend well beyond the classroom. Recently, Secondary head student leadership selections took place. Senior students were invited to present their leadership bids to staff and fellow students. Peer elections shortly followed, and then a rigorous interview process determined the outcome. Congratulations to Dhruv and Minnie who impressed their fellow students and the interview panel with their vision for the continued development of BSG and their commitment to be ambassadors for their school. One of their first responsibilities will be leading teams during their residential camps which took place last week.

BSG House Captains lead their teams through sporting challenges, cultural and performing arts events in Primary and Secondary. Typically, these leaders are motivators, encouraging their peers to work together as highly effective teams, sharing a common purpose and combining to reach their goals. House events this term so far include Tug o’ War, etc. At BSG, student Heads of Year represent their classmates in conversations with senior leaders, contribute to the Student Council and have an important voice in school development planning. 


Student Councils in Primary and Secondary phases are the voice of the BSG student communities. Under the guidance of a senior teacher, these councils regularly meet to discuss matters of importance to those peers they represent. Members of the student councils understand that they have a responsibility towards their classmates and make a commitment to be fair, objective and committed. Recommendations by our student council have covered areas as diverse as school lunches, field trip destinations, school uniforms and playground equipment.


At BSG, we want children and young people to create their future, and by providing opportunities for genuine leadership development, we believe we are fulfilling our promise to shape a new generation, one that will change our world for the better.