Team players selected for student leadership roles

Wednesday 17 May 2017

There’s a sporty look to the new student leadership line-up at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), with each of the head boys and girls actively involved in teams for school and local clubs.

The new head girls are Lucy Burgin and Lexy Shipley, who have helped GSAL win a number of national netball titles in recent years. Both play hockey for school too, while Lucy is a keen tennis player and Lexy a competitive track and cross country runner.

Head boy Lewis Freeman is in the school rugby, football and cricket teams, while Harin Wijayathunga is a member of Leeds Rowing Club, and will be coxing the club’s senior women’s fours at the Henley regatta for a fourth time next month.

The quartet is part of a new student leadership structure at GSAL, in which 26 school prefects and 20 faculty leaders have also been appointed from the current lower sixth to work alongside the head boys and head girls. There are also heads of faith for each major faith represented in school and a team of four house captains for each of the eight houses.

With the current upper sixth having left school for their A-level exams, the new student leadership teams are looking forward to stepping up to their new roles.

Lucy said: “We’ve had such a good experience at school and want to give something back to fellow students and all the teachers who have gone the extra mile for us. With the new student leadership format we have a clean slate and the opportunity to establish the foundations for the years to come.”

Lewis said: “Our job is made easier because of the prefects and other leadership roles. Whilst we’re looking forward to the showcase events like Speech Night and Open Morning we will also make the most of any opportunity at a more modest level to present the school in the best light, whether it’s guiding tours or helping out at parents evenings.”

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