Our most experienced students have made a strong start to the new academic year, acting as role models to the younger Seniors.

Head of Senior School, Mr Jack Tyler, said: “It’s not just our Head boy and girl who have responsibilities here at Gad’s.

“We celebrate the many different strengths and skills of our oldest students, be it as mentors in the Gad’s community, academic leaders or inspiring sports people.”

The school’s annual prize giving ceremonies traditionally see certificates, cups and trophies handed out to students who have achieved academic accolades, sporting successes or made a positive contribution to Gad’s Hill.  As well as these honours, the year 11 cohort is bestowed with a duty of care to ensure younger children feel happy and secure at school and parts of the Gad’s family.

On the first day of term, our new Year seven cohort was paired-up with Year 11 mentors and introduced to Lead Mentor, Taylor Jarvis, appointed for his care and empathy for other pupils.

As the term continues, students will get to know our Heads of Houses, (Beatty: Libby Robinson and Amy Skinmore; Haig: George Balfour and Maisie Hunt; Wellington: Cicely Barnes and Ciara Bruce) who have been selected for consistently supporting and encouraging others, leading by example and going above and beyond simply taking part.

The coveted Head boy and girl roles this year were awarded to Jemima Nash, 15, and Kundai Tsopotsa, 16. The classmates were chosen to lead the school following their demonstration of respect, people skills and organisational and leadership ability to manage others.

Jemima, who joined Gad’s as a Junior, wants to act as a voice for all students, so school decisions can reflect the needs of everybody.

Kundai, who started at Gad’s in Year 11, was inspired to apply for the role after peers were so welcoming to him as new student who had moved from another county. He will strive to make sure everybody feels as valued and accepted at Gad’s as he does.

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