RSA8 Student Leadership Celebration 2016

The RSA8 Programme is a bespoke programme for year 8 students across the Family of Academies. Throughout the year, each school hosts a session for a different leadership skill element of the programme. Students then attend a residential weekend at Warwick University to put together a social action project that will have an impact on their own school community. Finally, there is a formal celebration at the end of the programme, where students from each of the academies present the outcomes of their project.

This year, the celebration event happened on 12th July at Birmingham City University (BCU). The event began with an introduction from Alison Critchley, Chief Executive of RSA Academies, and Helen Yorke from BCU, who talked briefly about what it’s like to study at university. Each group then presented on their social action project, demonstrating all the pupils’ impressive public speaking skills.

Holyhead students kicked things off by talking about their work in a local home for the elderly. This was followed by Church Hill’s presentation on their ‘maths sessions’, encouraging pupils to engage with and enjoy maths more through a maths club and interactive display board. Next up was RSA Academy talking about their multi-faith museum, more detail of which can be found here. Last, but not least, was Ipsley, where the students had introduced a successful cooking club. Unfortunately, Whitley could not make the celebration event but their powerpoint showed us that the RSA8 group had started up a BTEC sports club for younger pupils.

To finish the event, inspirational RSA Fellow, Matt Kepple, gave a fantastic talk about his various enterprises, the obstacles he had faced along the way and what keeps him motivated when the going gets tough. After a Q&A session with the RSA8 group, with some great questions asked, certificates were handed out and the celebrations commenced.

Well done to this year’s RSA8 cohort for all the hard work put into the very successful social action projects!

Here’s what some of the students thought about the programme:

“Since I have been in RSA8 I can honestly say that my confidence has improved a lot.  I have made new friends and really do enjoy coming to school a lot more.”

Joely – RSA Academy, Tipton

“During my time of RSA8, we visited 3 different schools where we had to do activities with different people we didn’t even know! This helped me build my confidence.”

Nikita – Holyhead School

“Our teamwork skills have improved massively. I am proud to be a part of the RSA8.”

Neve – Ipsley Academy

“I have really enjoyed going to going to other schools and making friendships.”

Dillon – Whitley Academy

“It has been tough but at the same time very enjoyable. I have had fun and hope that the skills that I have learned will help me in the future”

Will – Church Hill