Girls show an aptitude for both leading groups and being good members of those teams | Portsmouth High School

Girls show an aptitude for both leading groups and being good members of those teams

I have been reflecting on the leadership and teamwork of the staff and girls at Portsmouth High Junior School. 

Our girls show an aptitude for both leading groups and being good members of those teams; skills that are regularly reinforced, reviewed and encouraged by teachers and support staff. Academic performance is essential, but schools should be about much more than that. I believe that the girls who enter Year 7 from Dovercourt are rounded, grounded and able to tackle the challenges that lay ahead.

Year 5 girls have been preparing and submitting letters of application to me this week as they seek out the opportunity to become the next head girl of the Junior School. They have clearly spent much time and effort in putting these letters together

and the standard is extremely high. As always it will be a very difficult decision to choose for this important position. Fortunately we have a robust system that is tried and trusted. The girls will perform a short presentation to their class and members of the Junior leadership team. After that the year group will cast their vote with regards to who they believe will do the best job, as will the staff. This process is valuable for all the girls who go through it regardless of the result, letting them experience an application and selection process in a non-threatening environment. I am always extremely impressed with the approach that they bring to this procedure and know that we will appoint the right candidate at the end of it.

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