Student Leadership

Dormers Wells High School has high expectations of students with regard to leadership and encourages all students to become part of the leadership of the school community. This provides opportunities for students across all year groups to develop their skills and to work together to deliver a cohesive, school wide initiative which engages students from Year 7 to 13.

Our Head Boy and Head Girl

hamza najmi

Head boy 

My name is Hamza Najmi, I am the Head Boy at Dormers Wells High School. Reflecting on my time at Dormers, I am grateful for all that this community has done to help me thrive academically and socially. From Residentials to representing the school in sporting fixtures, there is no doubt that any student can reap the benefits from merely being a student here at dormers, as I have actively been doing since I joined the school in 2016. Though I highly credit the school for developing students into young leaders and high achievers, I thoroughly believe that my accessible and confident personality will further enhance the experience by creating a deeper understanding between the students and members of staff. With this, as well as many other factors in mind, applying for head boy was undoubtedly the best thing I could have done.

I am currently studying A-Level Mathematics, Physics and History, aspiring to go on to study a STEM subject at university. Throughout my duration at Dormers, I will continue to develop my distinguishing characteristics and skills by applying, and participating, in programmes tailored to challenge and elevate students, isolating them from other students that fail to acknowledge the value of such programmes. An example of this is the ‘Future Leaders Programme’ led by Guy Richardson and made possible as credit to the hard work put in by Mr Knox. This is one of the many opportunities I have been exposed to, I would very strongly recommend that students compete for a place on this extremely beneficial programme which aims to differentiate normal students from those that will go on to become influential and renowned leaders.  

Prior student body roles, such as being a part of the executive student council, ensure that I am no stranger to positions like this, Captaining the cricket and football teams helped in the development of my leadership and team working skills- demonstrating my ability to succeed when taking on this new position. I thrive in these environments due to the fact I am confident in organising a team; working a tight schedule; communicating with members and creating an inclusive working environment. I see setbacks as nothing but a hump in the road towards a greater reward, therefore obstacles are not faced with panic, they are combated with a well thought out strategy. To conclude, I will utilise this position as a foundation to further improve general life at Dormers, in hopes to possibly increase the amount of hard working, resilient and successful individuals entering the working world.

roopkanwal sharma

Head girl

Hello! My name is Roopkanwal Sharma, and I am the newly appointed Head Girl for Dormers Wells High School and House Leader for our Sixth Form. Currently, I am studying History, English Literature, and Physics for my A Levels, and I wish to study History/ History and Politics at university.

Ever since I stepped into the Dormers community in 2015 as a slightly nervous and very excited little human being in year 7, I always knew that the great work ethic at Dormers Wells High School would mould me into a student who would think outside the box and use the resources at hand. These resources have taken many shapes and forms, from becoming a House Captain in year 7 to volunteering at the Kew Royal Botanical Garden for over a year, which then enabled me to represent the Kew Youth Explainers at two national conferences, bolstering my confidence when speaking to the public and improving my time management as a result. Also, more recently I partook in the LIMUN HS Model United Nations conference where I was part of the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee, where I was discussing ‘the rights of activists and border security’, which undeniably helped improve my debating skills, in addition to the ‘Future Leaders Programme’ led by the prestigious Guy Richardson. However, these are just some out of a plethora of opportunities available for widening the participation of student here at Dormers. Thus, I can say that there are opportunities for anyone who wishes to succeed, for “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you” and I can say as a testament that this verse is definitely true, and I hope that during my tenure as Head Girl I inspire many others to apply for these positions which I can confidently say will change your perspective on leadership for the better.

Lastly, I would like to reinstate my view on what a privilege it is to be chosen to represent our vibrant and diverse school, and to help cultivate the already prevalent DWHS Core character value of Determination, Wisdom, Honesty, and Service by increasing awareness of the excellent opportunities available to our students and working as a cohesive unit with the leadership around the school to ensure that our school continues ‘Opening the Doors to Success’ for many years to come.

Our Head Teachers Ambassadors

(From left to right) Asees Bajaj, Jawad Sobhani, Ibrahim Sharif, Gursimren Mahal, Navya Aggarwal, Debora Antanistipan,  Zahra Sheikh, Palakpreet Kaur, Harman Sarna, Harveen Sarna.

The Head teacher’s ambassadors work closely with the Head teacher, Senior Leadership Team and Sixth Form Team alongside the Head boy and Head girl. Their roles include representing the school at events and forming part of the Executive Council that feedback student issues or queries to the Head teacher.

Student Leadership Programme

Year groups Leadership Groups Rationale
1. All year groups
Year Council 
8 students are elected from each year group Year 7-11 to form the Year Council.
 
The House System
All students are placed in a House.  Opportunities exist to become part of the House Leadership Team with positions of House Captain, Deputy House Captain, House Sports Captain and Deputy Sports Captain.  House Leadership roles have a key position in running the houses, house activities and leading assemblies.
 
There are also positions of responsibility in the School Community Leadership Groups which are open to all year groups:
  • Librarians
  • Community Leaders
  • IT&C Gurus
  • Literacy Leads
  • Sports Leaders
  • Jack Petchey Winners
To raise awareness of leadership as a skill for all.
 
Engage all students in the wider school community.
 
To organise and run these aspects of school life with a limited staff involvement.
To foster wider leadership roles.
Develop vertical teams.
To enable students from every year group to engage in a wide range of House competitions.
2. Year 8
Student Receptionists
Develop independence and responsibility.
3. Year 9
Year 9 Buddies
They work with Year 7 groups during tutor time supporting reading, home learning, and mentoring
To create a supportive community.
4. Year 10
Peer Mentors
To create a supportive community.
5. Year 11
Prefects 
Year 11 Prefects
Senior Boy Prefect and Senior Girl Prefect
 
Year 11 Prom and Year Book Committee
Develop the roles and responsibilities within Year 11 with specific jobs and job descriptions.
6. Sixth Form
Head Boy and Head Girl
Deputy Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy
10 Headteacher’s Ambassadors
Sixth Form Committee
 
To encourage wider participation by the sixth form in all areas of school life.  Take positions of responsibility, to run and organise aspects of school life. Have a direct link to SLT and Headteacher