"Good leaders must first become good servants"
Robert K Greenleaf (author of Servant Leadership)
Leadership, whether leading oneself or others, is about making things happen that otherwise would not. It is about getting the best out of oneself and helping other people to do the same.
All students are encouraged to take on responsibilities and contribute to Gordon's life through our extensive opportunities in volunteering and service. As well as helping to build confidence, these opportunities cultivate the character strengths of courtesy, integrity, diligence, enthusiasm and resilience which underpin the school ethos.
Activities Linked with Qualifications/Training
CCF & DofE Adventurous Training Opportunities
Please click here to read about adventurous training opportunities with CCF. (Y11-Y13) Non-Commissioned Officer Training occurs during P7. Once trained, NCOs can assist with Y10 CCF activities, Army Camp and P7 shooting.
Students who complete their Gold DofE can assist in training and expeditions for the Bronze and Silver awards. See Mr Fox/Major Balmer for further information.
National Citizen Service
"National Citizen Service (NCS) is a way for 15 to 17 year olds living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to make extraordinary friendships, learn the skills they don’t teach in class, and create unforgettable memories."
Please see Mrs Forster for further details or visit www.ncsyes.co.uk for more information.
Coaching and refereeing courses
At Gordon’s we aim to increase the number of opportunities available for students to gain experience and accredited qualifications in sport. Students will be kept informed of any opportunities through the Heads of Sport.
Currently students in Year 10 and above can complete a two-day Rugby Refereeing course (paid for by the school) which allows them to referee school matches, whilst being mentored by Mr Matthews. Once qualified, officials will be given a ‘kit’ to fulfil their duties and Year 12 and 13 students can put this activity towards their volunteering hours for the school.
Those interested in taking part should contact Mr Matthews and ensure they sign up for Rugby Referees as one of their P7 choices.
We currently require Lifeguards to support our P7 and Saturday morning school activities. The Director of Co-Curricular will assist students in sourcing appropriate courses. If students commit, Gordon’s will cover the cost of the qualification and students will, in return, offer a minimum of 20 hours unpaid lifeguarding. Students in Year 12 and 13 who complete their National Pool Lifeguard Qualification out of school, can ‘earn’ their course fees back through Lifeguarding at school. Gordon's will provide volunteer lifeguards with a polo shirt.
Those interested in taking part should contact Ms Holmes.
A number of students have the opportunity to lead and assist with local competition for Primary and Secondary schools, through our links with Active Surrey and the Surrey School Games. These opportunities are often open to students studying GCSE PE, but on occasions students from other year groups may be requested. Students receive some training prior to competitions which include activities such as TAG Rugby, Hockey Quicksticks, Kwik Cricket, Tri Golf, mini Tennis, and Basketball.
Students will be notified by the PE department when opportunities arise.
Year 11 and Year 12 students in their core PE lesson have the option to complete a Level 2 Sports Leadership Award. This is a nationally recognised qualification through Sports Leaders UK which prepares students for leading a sports activity under direct supervision. The syllabus is designed to develop generic leadership skills that can be applied to a variety of sporting situations, as well as contributing to the personal development of the individual. Sports leaders are required to complete ten hours of voluntary service, demonstrating their ability to lead others in sport sessions, in addition to attending their weekly lessons. Ultimately, we aim to prepare responsible, motivated and confident people who can lead safe, purposeful and enjoyable sporting activities.
How to get involved:
Sign up for 'Sports Leaders' as your PE option choice for the Autumn and Spring terms. Ms Holmes leads the course.
Whole School Leadership
- Anti-Bullying Committee
These House-based groups meet termly. The Assistant Head Pastoral also leads an anti-bullying assembly at the start of the academic year where the anti-bullying ethos is explained and, if bullying is reported, work is done to resolve it.
- Food Committee
Two representatives from each House meet termly with the Catering Manager and Assistant Head Pastoral. Over a working lunch, students make comments and suggestions that represent their Houses' views on the food and dining experience at School. In addition, students and staff have the opportunity to voice their opinions through food surveys throughout the academic year.
- House Committee
These meetings take place in Houses with representatives from each year. These meetings occur at least once a term.
- Boarders’ Council
These student forums take place regularly with either the Deputy Head Pastoral or Assistant Head Pastoral. The findings and student views are fed back to Heads of House for discussion, and acted upon where possible.
- Charity Committee
Representatives from across the year groups meet termly with the Assistant Head Pastoral and either the Deputy Head Girl or Boy, who play an active part in leading discussions and ideas for future fundraising events, like themed Mufti-Days. The aim is also to engage regularly with national fundraising events.
- Eco Committee
Led by either the Deputy Head Girl or Boy and keen and interested staff, this committee meets every term. The committee is looking at ways to reduce waste, particularly of food.
- Tutor Meetings
Held once per term, tutors encourage students to suggest agenda items, which may be discussed at the School Council meetings.
- School Council
This meets once a term with the Head. It is chaired by the Head Boy/Girl and the Deputy Head Boy/Girl. Representatives take items for discussion that were raised at the Tutor meetings earlier in the term.
- Sixth Form Committee
This is comprised of two Y12 students and one Y13 from each House, with a Chairman who has been elected by the students themselves. Meetings are held once every half term and students are encouraged to provide agenda points to be discussed.
- Sixth Form Social Committee
This is comprised of one Y12 and one Y13 from each House. The Social Committee promote social events and are involved in the organisation and running of these, whilst encouraging participation across the student body.
In addition to the existing leadership responsibilities within Houses, we have Junior Prefects and Inter-House Captains.
Both roles are fundamental to the running of our Inter-House competitions and will enable students to excel in areas that are of particular interest to them. We are hoping that through the added responsibility of overseeing the House entries and being pro-active in team selections, you will be provided with several opportunities to improve leadership skills such as time management which is a valuable life skill.
Details of leadership positions within the Houses can be found below:
|Head of House||Zara Cracroft|
|House Captain||Cherry McMahon|
|House Sergeant||Sophie Dove|
|Inter-House Captain||Adeola Onanuga|
|Junior Prefect||Belema Ben-Willie|
|Junior Prefect||Caoimhe Denning|
|Junior Prefect||Zoe Harris|
|Junior Prefect||Jessica Thomas|
|Junior Prefect||Maddie Torrington|
|Junior Prefect||Angel Tse|
|Sports Captain||Nnenna Oyeka|
|Art Captain||Olivia Sharma|
|Music Captain||Daniella Corbin|
|Drama Captain||Katie Rutherford|
|Head of House||George Hawkins|
|House Captain||George Hawkins|
|House Sergeant||Ifiok Essien|
|Inter-House Captain||Jasper Poulter/Cameron Wallace|
|Junior Prefect||Manik Sunuwar|
|Junior Prefect||Bertie Hebburn-Heath|
|Junior Prefect||Scott Biglin|
|Junior Prefect||Jake Askey|
|Junior Prefect||Mark Hewlins|
|Junior Prefect||Alex Nesling|
|Junior Prefect||Will Hopkins|
|Junior Prefect||Noah Sempala-Ntege|
|Head of House||Alex Nell and Sam Foakes|
|House Captain||Max Ellis|
|House Sergeant||Ryan Martin|
|Inter-House Captain||Matt Cockerham|
|Junior Prefect||Jamie Blake|
|Junior Prefect||Reef Peries|
|Junior Prefect||Cameron Colloff|
|Junior Prefect||Jesse Holmes|
|Right hand markers||Cameron Colloff, Jesse Holmes, Faheem Khawar|
|Junior Prefect||Zak Fulk|
|Junior Prefect||Alan Mackenzie|
|Head of House||Libby Butler|
|House Captain||Jess de Vere Green|
|House Sergeant||Katie Hancock|
|Deputy Head of House||Stephanie Bradbury|
|Right Hand Marker||Molly Hall|
|Junior Prefect||Maisy Ellis|
|Junior Prefect||Emily Garner|
|Junior Prefect||Molly Hall|
|Junior Prefect||Bella Rider|
|Junior Prefect||Sophie Ross|
|Junior Prefect||Abi White|
|Head of House||Nat Brittany|
|House Captain||George Hurt|
|House Sergeant||Harry Porter|
|Inter-House Captain||Max Roffey|
|Junior Prefect||Tom Robinson|
|Junior Prefect||Joey Kenworthy|
|Junior Prefect||William McKechnie|
|Junior Prefect||Jack Baker|
|Junior Prefect||Marcus Smith|
|Junior Prefect||George Taylor|
|Head of House||Amy Beet|
|House Captain||Lexi Genetay|
|House Sergeant||Poppy Colloff|
|Inter-House Captain||Poppy Colloff|
|Student Head of House||Lexi Genetay|
|Deputy Head of House||Zara Van Zyl|
|Right Hand Markers||Grace Keyes & Chloe Hollis|
|Junior Prefect||Amber McMullen|
|Junior Prefect||Nuria Gomez-Martin|
|Junior Prefect||Dina Khan|
|Junior Prefect||Alyssa Kotecha|
|Senior Prefect||Rebecca Dovener|
|Senior Prefect||Emily Smith|
|Senior Prefect||Poppy Colloff|
|Senior Prefect||Amber Weir|
|Sports Captain||Eugenie Cockle|
|Art Captain||Rebecca Dovener|
|Drama Captain||Emily Smith|
|Music Captain||Tasmin Martin-Young|
|Debate Captain||Fatima Khan|
|Swimming Captain||Ella Rose|
|Head of House||Tate Pilgrim|
|House Captain||Dan Farrow|
|House Sergeant||Tate Pilgrim|
|Inter-House Captains||Tate Pilgrim and Dan farrow|
|Junior Prefect||Corum Nott|
|Head of House||Callum McMarthy|
|House Captain||Ryan Denning|
|House Sergeant||Max Beken|
|Inter-House Captain||Adam Grainger|
|Head of House||Eleanora Crespi|
|House Captains||Hannah Gordon|
|House Sergeants||Eleanora Crespi|
|Inter-House Captains||Lizzie Mosdell|
|Head of House||Gemma Wood|
|House Captain||Gemma Wood|
|House Sergeants||Caroline Kelly & Charlotte Deegan|
|Deputy Student Head of House||Natasha Gerrard|
|Senior Inter-House Prefect||Gwyneth Sotuminu|
|Head Boarder||Alice Hickin|
|Head Day Boarder||Sophie Slimm|
|Junior Prefect: Sports||Eleanor Hing (Y10)|
|Junior Prefect: Arts||Helena Beavis (Y10)|
Senior Prefects from January 2018
|Max Beken (Head Boy)|
|Nicola Gilbert (Head Girl)|
|Dan Lowe (Deputy Head Boy)|
|Zahrah Salim (Deputy Head Girl)|