Student Leadership

Our Student Leadership Team ensures our students have a vote and a say on the real issues in the school. 


Becoming a Prefect is one of the highest student leadership positions within Barnsley Academy. Prefects are selected after going through a rigorous application process which is open to Year 10 students only. Prefects are appointed following applications and interviews with the Vice Principal and are recognised by their black ties.

Prefects have a range of responsibilities ranging from assisting with lunchtime duty, supporting at key events throughout the year and mentoring other students within the school. They help to support positive behaviour around the school and are seen as role models in their everyday interactions.

Wellbeing Ambassadors

Wellbeing Ambassadors work to support their fellow students needs. They work to promote positive mental health by offering ‘mindful’ lunch time drop-in sessions and offering mindful activities.

Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

You can always find an Anti-bullying Ambassador nearby. They are on duty every break and lunch time, patrolling the yards. If there is ever an issue with bullying the Anti-bullying Ambassadors are trained to spot, report and support.  

Eco Ambassadors

This group of students are responsible for the promotion of looking after the school environment and our role in looking after the world.  The ambassadors will oversee the need to save energy in the class, will implement (with the support of their peers) ways in which they can reuse or recycle.  They will ensure waste is kept to a minimum and that electricity/water is used wisely.

Duke of Edinburgh (Year 9)

The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is run by an appointed member of staff. The scheme helps develop leadership through a programme of activities in four skill areas; physical activity, volunteering, developing a skill and an expedition.  Students meet regularly with staff in school to review their progress towards completing the award and to prepare for the expedition section of the programme.

Literacy Ambassadors (Years 7-11)

Literacy Ambassadors are an integral part of keeping our library running. They undertake systems training and work towards awards and qualifications. They meet weekly to discuss how to promote reading and literacy around school.




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