Children have the opportunity to take on meaningful leadership roles throughout their time at Orwell Park, for example sports team captains. At the top of the school the Head Boy and Head Girl have a key role in setting an example to their peers and the younger pupils and their duties include welcoming visitors to the school and addressing the whole school community on Speech Day. Senior pupils also act as Prefects and Sub Prefects, House Captains and Assistant House Captains, Dormitory Captains and Peer Listeners, as well as members of the School Council, the Boarders’ Forum, Catering Committee and Pupils’ Academic Focus Group.
We are keen to develop inclusive leadership opportunities for all children and the Orwell Park Challenge allows them to test their resilience, perseverance and self-confidence, with an expedition to Norfolk in Year 6 and the Brecon Beacons in Year 7.
Children are encouraged to think of others, including those less fortunate than themselves. Each year the school supports a local, a national and an international charity and the pupils, in particular the School Council, take the initiative in organising fund raising events, whether it be a school swimathon or making and selling cakes for The Great Orwell Bake Off.