Students will have a bigger say in their way their school and lessons are being run with the appointment of new head boys and girls at a March school.
Neale Wade Academy has also introduced the roles of senior head boy and girl, and junior head boy and girl, for the new academic year “in recognition of its many talented and inspiring students”.
Following a demanding and rigorous application process, Year 13 students Alex Field and Kate Whinnett have been appointed senior head boy and girl, and Year 11 students Jack Butler and Maddeline Pooley have taken up the junior roles.
The application process was designed to develop the skills students will need when they apply for university and jobs.
Each candidate had to complete an application form and write a manifesto outlining their reasons for becoming head boy or head girl, their qualities and how they wanted to help their fellow students and the Academy.
The manifesto of each candidate was then distributed to fellow students and a formal ballot was held.
Once the ballot was counted there was a shortlist of students, who were invited to a formal interview with a panel led by principal Jason Wing.
Mr Wing said the new positions will further increase the involvement students have in the provision and delivery of their lessons, how the school is run, and the services it can offer to students.
He added: “These roles are extremely important and signal the traditional values that we are instilling at Neale-Wade Academy.”