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At IGS we are committed to supporting students in achieving their potential through developing leadership skills. At IGS there are various opportunities for students to develop these;

  • Student Leadership Team (SLT),
  • PBT iLeaders (Accredited Position),
  • Mental Health iLeaders
  • Subject Ambassadors,
  • Student Council Representatives,
  • Other iLeader roles and opportunities

Below is an outline of the responsibilities of these positions and how students can take advantage of these.

Student Leadership Team (SLT): including two Head Students, 5 deputies and 11 additional members

Being a member of the SLT is seen as being an honour and is something that younger students aspire to become. Students have to formally apply for the position supported by sponsorship of one member of staff. Selection is not automatic as there are specific requirements to fulfil.

Following the application round when students express interest in putting themselves forward to be Head Student and/or Deputy in writing, applicants then attend a short informal 1:1 pre-interview to discuss the roles in more detail. Students are then invited to progress to the final round of interviews before a selection panel.

The final Post-16 SLT team is then finalised based the written applications and the informal interviews. The whole team is typically around 18-20 students.

Alongside the final interview student and staff voice is taken into account before making a final decision about Head and Deputy Head Students.


  • You must be a first class Post-16 role model for all students lower down the school
  • You must be mature, polite, trustworthy, well organised and committed
  • You should have a record of giving your Personal Best
  • You should have an excellent or significantly improved record of attendance and punctuality
  • You should have excellent inter-personal skills and have the ability to show leadership alongside being a team player
  • Over time you are likely to have made a significant contribution to the life of the school (sport, music, drama, charitable, volunteering, etc.)
  • You should be willing to support and challenge the school
  • You should be committed to using your own personal skills and experience to making a positive difference to others


  • To meet fortnightly with members of the school Student Leadership Team
  • To represent the student body at Department meetings, staff Learning Forum as required
  • To meet with the Headteacher, Leadership Team and Governors as required
  • To attend a variety of school events both in school (Open Evening/Parents’ Information Evenings, etc) and in the local community (Presentation Evenings, Red Kite Alliance events, etc) on a rota
  • To commit to 1 breaktime and 1 lunchtime duty per week. These will always be conducted in pairs and you will be deployed according to your skills and experience
  • To make a commitment to the wider iLeader Programme to strengthen wider student leadership activity across the school
  • Each Deputy Head student will have responsibility for a KS3/4 yergroup and will act as a link between Post-16 SLT and the PrExL/Head of Year

PBT (Personal Best Time) iLeaders - An Accredited Position:

This position allows students to work closely with a specific form group in either Year 7,8 or 9 and to help students build their confidence and skills. Students will have the opportunity to lead on sessions within PBT, a chance to develop their own PBT sessions on topics they are passionate about and want other students to share in that passion, as well as supporting other year groups at events such as Charities Week. Students also have the opportunity to accompany a year group during the Challenge & Celebration week should they wish. Students volunteer for this position which is supported by Mr Boyd, the position also allows students to work towards achieving the SSAT Student Leadership Accreditation certificate, giving them a chance to develop their own leadership qualities and skills which can be used to help support future applications to Universities or Employers.

Mental Health iLeaders

This key position allows students to develop their understanding of Mental Health issues as well as explore multiple strategies that can support when people are experiencing poor mental health. Following a bespoke training plan, iLeaders will use their new skills to raise awareness of Mental Health and promote methods to improve student wellbeing through assemblies, PBT sessions, and a whole Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Week. This position will develop leadership qualities and skills to improve whole school provision of Mental Health support at IGS. It will also provide an opportunity for self-reflection and support with iLeaders own journey in becoming better practitioners in terms of their day to day mental health.

Subject iLeaders:

This position allows students to be an advocate for a subject area supporting learners, curriculum based events and promoting their subject area.  Students volunteer for this position which is supported by subject staff. Students who are following the Work Experience enrichment strand will initially be a subject iLeader until their work experience is organised and approved.


  • To promote/advertise the subject within the Post-16 area
  • To support students lower down the school in their learning within lessons
  • To attend Post-16 and whole school Open Evenings to support the subject area
  • To offer a student’s view of the subject on Taster Day
  • To support ‘choice’ events/programmes e.g. KS3 into 4 options
  • To support whole school curriculum based events e.g. Arts Evening, Public Speaking, etc

Student Council Representatives

This position allows students to have their voices and the voices of their peers heard at a whole school level. It provides students with opportunities to work with the school leadership as well as the Post-16 SLT to make positive change to the experiences of students here at IGS. Students will represent their form group at the Year Team Council run by Mrs Pickard and then can represent the year group at the School Council Meetings run by Mr Boyd.

Subject Ambassadors

Students can apply to be subject ambassadors and promote the subject at school events e.g. Open Evening. Ambassadors will be first approved by the subject area. They can also be proposed by subject areas.

Other iLeader opportunities

As part of the school’s wider Leadership programme, students will have access to a bespoke menu that offers a large range of leadership opportunities for students to get involved with and really enhance their Sixth Form experience. These opportunities will give students a chance to develop those softer skills outside of the academic world which can be used to support their future applications to Universities and employers. For further information, look out for the Student Leadership Menu or speak to the Student Leadership Coordinator – Mr Boyd



As part of the Personal Enrichment Programme students are strongly encouraged to participate in voluntary work during their time in the Sixth Form. This has included volunteering in local charity shops, nursing homes, the local medical patients’ council, local primary schools and for organisations such as the Brownies.


Post-16 students support many charities through a wide range of initiatives.  Every year we hold a 'charity week' in order to raise money for a charity chosen by the Post 16 students.  Our students sell poppies and support local flag days in Ilkley.  In recent years we have raised an amazing £2919 for Young Minds in 2018, £1,750 for Martin House Children’s Hospice, £1,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and fundraised to hold our own ‘Jubilee’ party for the elderly in our community. More recently students have supported national campaigns for ‘Save the Children’.


The school competes in both local area and national sporting competitions in a variety of different sports, including netball, rugby, hockey, football and cross country. We also offer students the opportunity to gain a Level 3 qualification in Sports Leadership as part of our enrichment program. Post-16 is not just about the academic – its important students stay physically fit both mentally and physically to help them in their quest for excellence.

Please note that competitive sporting activity may be restricted during COVID.


As a Post-16 student you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of trips - from Iceland and CERN (Philosophy & Science), Geography trips to Cranedale, Skiing in Europe, Exchanges to Coutances, Theatre and Art Trips to London…the choice is enormous.  Our staff are committed to extra-curricular opportunities and Ilkley Grammar School prides itself on developing the whole student both academically and socially.

Please note that trips and visits may be restricted during COVID.


The school puts on dance, drama and music productions during the year and Year 12 and 13 always play key roles both on stage and backstage. These are all seen as a major feature of school life.

As well as the traditional school bands, Ilkley Grammar School has a wide range of student driven bands playing a diverse range of rock, ska, funk, acoustic, bands and vocal groups.  These bands play at Christmas assemblies, leaver’s presentations and more recently at a Concert to raise funds for Children in Need and Martin House Hospice.

Please note that cultural events may be restricted during COVID.


The art department offers a range of enrichment opportunities. These include visits to local and London galleries, a programme of visiting speakers from the art industry, and the opportunity to enter local and national competitions. We have links with the Ilkley Art School, where many of our students attend Life Drawing classes.

6th form student achievement is celebrated with an end of year exhibition, curated and presented by Yr12 students in collaboration with the Manor House Gallery in Ilkley.

Please note that cultural events may be restricted during COVID.


Students are encouraged to engage in the Debating society and be involved with the public speaking competitions which are organised by the local Rotary Clubs

The Cutting Edge is an after school event with visiting speakers who are leaders in their field

From September 2020 there will also be a student led debating group which will discuss the big issues of our time.


Students are also encouraged to initiate their own clubs and societies either with their peers or with Key Stage 3 and support will be provided by the Post-16 SLT and staff team where possible.