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Principal’s Leadership Challenge Launched to Sixth Formers

Year 12s have been challenged to explore the qualities and roots of leadership through a presentation to a panel of senior members of staff.

Principal Martin Campbell launched the challenge in which students have to debate the question: Are leaders born or are they made?

The presentation, which can last up to seven minutes, must not include a PowerPoint. The judging criteria include academic research, personal reflection and presentation skills.

Alex York and Ethan Waterfield (pictured) will present their research and conclusions together. They are both Air Cadets - Alex is a Junior NCO and Ethan is a Senior NCO - which has already given them leadership experience.

Alex said: "I think we'll compare two leaders, Winston Churchill and William Wallace, and look at how we think one was born a leader and one was made. We'll look at how leaders are made, through opportunities and how they are brought up.

"I think a good leader is someone who can get their point across and is confident in giving orders without alienating people. They also have a presence."

Ethan added: "Doing something like this help you to become more confident in public speaking and helps to improve presentation skills. We'll be focussing on clear communication and getting our point across in an interesting way."

Presentations will take place on December 15th and the winner or winning group will receive £50 in vouchers for a store of their choice.

Year 12s who want to take part, individually or as a group, should book their presentation time by emailing at least one week before December 15th.