As part of its commitment to promoting student leadership, the King's School has maintained its tradition of appointing a Head Boy and Head Girl in Year 11 even though the school is now fully co-educational for the first time in its 519-year-history.
Taking on the key student leadership roles during their important GCSE year are Aaryaa Premanand and Iona Whaley, both age 15.
Keen artist Aaryaa, who wants to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Economics in the King's Sixth Form, said: "The Head Boy and Girl have a very important role to represent the school at events and to be role models for the younger students." Aaryaa, who wants a career in finance, added: "I see the Head Boy as someone who acts as a “bridge” between teacher and student. Therefore, I am happy to highlight and propose solutions to issues that students may want to raise, as well as improve the student life at the school for everyone."
Talented all round sportswoman, Iona, who represents King's both at hockey and at trampolining, said: "I want to inspire others to realise their full potential and to live out the school’s aims which are to aspire, work hard and achieve their very best. It's important to create a positive environment within the school and I see my role as helping to bring together the school community, staff and students, and essentially becoming the voice for the student body at King’s."
Iona, who wants to be a doctor and will study Biology, Chemistry, and either Geography or Psychology in the Sixth Form, added: "I first joined in the Infant and Junior Division and King's has been so welcoming and friendly, it's great to be able to give something back."
Helen Broadley, Principal of King’s Senior Division, explained why the school had retained distinct male and female leadership roles at Year 11. "We are passionate about developing distributed leadership within the school and it has been a tradition to have a Head Boy and Head Girl since we opened the former Girls' Division in 1993. We feel these wonderful young people will bring a lot of energy and drive to an important role that cements the bond between the staff and the student body. The last 18 months have been very challenging for many young people, as they have faced uncertainty and upheaval, and now more than ever, it is important that our pupils have a strong voice. We are very excited to be working with Aaryaa and Iona, and all of our student leaders, over the coming academic year."