This week has seen both staff and Sixth Forms students basking in the success of the Sixth Form Charity Football Match which took place at Lichfield City FC last Friday and raised well over £1,000 for mental health charities.

Helen Barratt, Assistant Headteacher, said: “We have been working hard to drive our Sixth Form leadership team – and the wider student body – to be bold, ambitious and creative in their projects. This is a slowburn. It requires confidence, resilience, responsibility and determination but in building up these skills in our students – not forgetting the work of some amazing families – we were thrilled to see our Sixth Form students, led Head Boy Minhaz Uddin, step up to run the charity match.”

The background work saw negotiations with Lichfield FC for free use of their stadium, the setting up of an online ticket system (which we are now sharing with the club), expertise in promotion activities, setting up and balancing mixed-sex teams, running training and planning sessions, arranging trophies, and then keeping fingers crossed that people would come out and support the event.

Many of the students involved took on leadership roles earlier in their school careers; whether it be House Captains, Transition Mentors, Sports Captains, reading mentors, or simply role models in their day-to-day commitment and approach. This process has build up over time – in what is a wonderful Year group – and came to fruition in this match.

Matt Allman, Headteacher, added: “The event was a massive success but we are most proud not of the night itself but the graft and determination that pulled it together. We have Sixth Formers who are going to be the leaders in their generation and this event was above the norm. It was bold, courageous and everyone delivered. This is the standard we drive our students towards, this is the standard to which we will seek to go better with next year, and in terms of student leadership I have never been more proud of a school‘s students”.