Ilkeston students take on new roles

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A head boy and head girl have been appointed for the first time at Kirk Hallam Community Academy.

Ryan Cumiskey and Sally White, both 17, were awarded the roles after writing a letter to say why they thought they would be suitable and being interviewed by senior members of staff.

Sally, who is studying A-levels in English language and literature, drama and PE, said they were both enjoying their new roles.

She said: “It’s the first year that school has done this and I applied because I like to get involved in everything. We had to write an application and then we were interviewed by the head teacher and several other members of staff.

“They asked me what I would do with the sixth form to improve or change it and they also asked what I thought my best achievements were.

“I said it was the badges I’d been given in year ten for being a good student and taking part in extra-curricular activities.

“So far we’ve done an assembly to the sixth form about joining the student council because we’d like to see more people come forward.

“We’ve also talked about improvements we would like to see, such as making the sixth form common room feel more welcoming.

“I’m just looking forward to making a difference.”

Ryan is studying law, psychology and theatre studies at A-level and said he was proud to be named head boy.

He said: “The idea is that we represent the school and can be a voice for the other students, we’ll be at open evenings and doing talks.

“We’re also both in the school show and studying for our A-levels so we are very busy but we are enjoying the responsibility.

“We’ve talked about suggesting a change to the timing of form time and we’ve got other ideas too.”

Martin Ebbage, head teacher at Kirk Hallam Community Academy, said he was delighted to appoint Sally and Ryan.

He said: “We felt the time was right to have a head boy and girl and give students some responsibility in shaping the future of the academy.

“Sally and Ryan thoroughly deserved to be appointed and they will be fantastic ambassadors.”