Sixth form team picked at Outwood Academy

From left, James Gault, Jay Stelling, Shauna Cook and Joanne Lowe. (S)
From left, James Gault, Jay Stelling, Shauna Cook and Joanne Lowe. (S)

A new sixth form executive team made up of students responsible for a range of tasks has been selected at Outwood Academy Ripon.

The team – consisting of head boy James Gault, head girl Jay Stelling, Joanne Lowe and Shauna Cook – will take on a variety of responsibilities, including leading pastoral initiatives within mentor groups, peer mentoring, organising social events and helping to develop the role of the sixth form as a whole.

Speaking after the rigorous selection process, James Gault said: “I feel privileged to be appointed to the role of head boy in my last year of sixth form.

“I am honoured to be part of such a small but reliable team of executives. We are hard-working, we can rely on one another and we enjoy working together.”

New head girl Jay Stelling added that she was “thrilled” to be given the appointment.

“I wish to take this opportunity to give something back to the school that has grown alongside myself throughout my time here,” she said.

“The executive team this year is an active board of hard-working, friendly individuals and together we have lots of ideas.”

James and Jay will be supported by Joanne Lowe, who is organising a team of peer mentors, and Shauna Cook, who is assuming responsibility for social events across the academy.

Explaining peer mentoring, Joanne said: “It will enable students to work more effectively with their peers in school and also it will help students’ confidence and communication skills as they work with older students.

“As many sixth formers would agree, having somebody a similar age to you who has been through the Academy, to turn to for advice or moral support, could really make a difference to your school experience.

“My aim is to make that difference and help students achieve the grades they would like and most certainly deserve.”

The executive team is already busy planning and organising events, both for the sixth form and for the younger students in the academy.