The Junior Leadership Course was set up in September 2013 and aims to add value to the Sutton Valence experience by offering superb educational opportunities in the broadest sense of the word.
The course strives to produce confident, capable individuals, who are able to use their initiative to solve problems and make decisions which are, at times, out of their comfort zone and beyond their realm of experience. It is the hope that whilst allowing them to take these leaps of faith in such a supportive environment, they will subsequently be far better equipped to deal with challenging situations as they move through the school and will become well-rounded individuals who can work within a team, display leadership abilities, good communication skills and a sense of community.
What do we do?
The Junior Leadership Course runs through the First and Second Forms on a weekly basis. Each session is focused on one of the four themes which make up the two-year programme: community, communication, survival and development. Activities range from working with our Preparatory School and the local village on community-based projects, learning key life or ‘how to’ skills, participating in public speaking workshops and organising events to building survival and navigational skills. The sessions are a mixture of indoor and outdoor, theoretical and practical, and they draw upon the wealth of expertise that is available within the staff body, as well as external specialists. At the end of the first year, there is an expedition and an overnight camp, and the second year culminates in a three-day residential at a bush craft centre further afield. These opportunities enable pupils to put into practice the transferable skills that they have learned throughout the year, and they will be faced with activities which they find both challenging and rewarding.
Upon completion of the Junior Leadership Course in Second Form, pupils will be awarded with either a Level 1, 2, or 3 internal accreditation which makes up one aspect of the Junior Diploma.