"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.
Prefect leadership team
|Head Girl||Abi W (China)|
|Head Boy||Oliver H (Gravesend)|
|Deputy Head Girl||Dina K (Kensington)|
|Deputy Head Boy||Tobias J (Buckingham)|
Our Student Governors comprise of Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students, who represent each House. Meetings occur once a term and the agenda includes a report from the Boarders’, Academic and Co-Curricular Councils, as well as a report from each society. Student Governors are also given the opportunity to discuss whole school matters. Student Governing Body are invited to ‘sense check’ and ratify decisions made at Council meetings and ask for matters to be taken back to the retrospective Councils for further discussion. The minutes are shared at the School Governor meeting, typically held the same day.
Ceremonial senior prefects
development office senior prefects
pastoral senior prefects
online senior prefects
Student Heads of houses
Activities linked with qualifications and 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.