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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Student Leadership

At CHSG we strongly believe student leadership is one of the essential strands of personal development. We encourage all students to take on leadership roles in our CHSG community and believe this is vital to developing our values and vision. The development of leadership provides opportunities for students to develop the characteristics of a successful person and improves academic success, opening doors in the future.

We believe that students should be given a wide range of opportunities to develop and practise leadership skills in preparation for life beyond school. Many Student Leadership activities will focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom and supporting the school’s vision for inclusive leadership that generates a culture of shared responsibility and pride for staff and students.

Aims of our Student Leadership Programme at CHSG

  • To provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through a variety of inspiring, challenging initiatives which impact positively on learning, teaching and well-being for both students and staff.
  • To empower students to work in partnership with staff towards our shared vision.
  • To prepare students for Higher Education and for achieving personal and professional excellence in life after formal education.

We have many students who are keen to be involved in the Student Leadership Programme and who wear their own specific coloured badges with pride which identifies them to all students in school.

Student Leadership Teams

Sixth Form Senior Leadership Team (SLT) 2022-2023

At CHSG we believe that our students should be given extensive opportunities to develop their leadership. Our Sixth Form Senior Leadership Team (SLT) are elected by staff and their peers and hold positions of responsibility in the Sixth Form and the whole school. The Head Student Leaders and Deputies are interviewed by the Headteacher and Assistant Head, following the application process.

The students who form the SLT have demonstrated excellent leadership qualities and commitment to Sixth Form. The range of leadership opportunities that we offer gives our students confidence and prepares them to be future leaders both at university and in their chosen careers.

Year 13 Senior Prefects

Prefects are selected following an application letter and feedback from the Sixth form tutor team. The lead prefect oversees the team and attends school council meetings. Their main role is to carry out duties during both break and lunchtime to support students across the school. 

Head Student Leaders


As the head of SEND Year 12 team, I will be ensuring that all Year 12 students are well-trained in helping students in Year 7-Year 11. This will include teaching Year 12 to understand and learn to communicate with students in the lower years, to allow the students to get extra support in their lessons. I also have a role in communications which includes writing up articles for the website and for the school newsletter, informing both students and parents/guardians of the wonderful events that take part at CHSG. I hope to work with the rest of the team to ensure that the connection between students and parents/guardians is maintained.


As one of the head students, I have the opportunity to oversee all the arts and creative subjects. I will be finding out ways to promote the creative departments at CHSG, ensuring that the school has a balance of academic and creative subjects. I will be working with the rest of the leadership team to produce ideas to showcase these subjects, to show what amazing talents we have at CHSG. I will also work to support students' well-being to ensure that students can balance their work and social life without feeling overwhelmed. I understand how stressful exams and work may be, therefore I would like to develop ideas to support students throughout their time here.  

Girls on Board Ambassadors

This is an initiative to help girls between the ages of 7 and 18 navigate the often-troubled waters of friendship problems.

Girls on Board is an approach which helps girls, their parents and their teachers to understand the complexities and dynamics of girl friendships. By empowering girls to find their own solutions, parents need to worry less, schools can focus more on the curriculum and the girls learn more effectively – because they are happier. We have a team of 16 GOB Ambassadors in Year 13 who help support this programme at CHSG.

Deputy Head Student Leaders


I am the head of the Girls on Boards GOB) scheme which the Senior Prefects run. For those who do not know what the Girls on Board scheme is, it is a group of senior prefects who are designated to either a Year 7 or year 8 tutor group and have weekly meetings with the students within the tutor group to discuss and give advice on anything that overwhelms them. As the lead student for GOB, I have the role of making sure that those meetings run smoothly. I also have the role of ensuring external students who join CHSG, feel comfortable and welcome during their transition into the school, as I too, was an external student who joined the Sixth Form.


As a representative of promoting mental health, I would like to have discussions with both students and parents to figure out how we, as a school, can promote students’ mental health and spirituality. Creating methods and sessions with students to open their thoughts and feelings instead of bottling up them. I will be sending out forms to students to identify what students would like to have support on and ensure a safe and spiritual environment at CHSG.


My role is to be in charge of fundraising by running events at school that may interest students of all year groups. This is to make sure that the school can hold future events students are interested in and to be able to provide resources and equipment in education. Furthermore, I am also leading and managing personal development days, talking to students about what they want to cover. This is to help students to be engaged and have the opportunity to focus on topics that they feel are relevant to them.

Kiran  Panesar

Our school’s uniqueness through diversity has allowed us to distinguish ourselves from others. Due to our multicultural backgrounds at CHSG, it is interesting to see our differences and integration as a community. This is because we are able to be educated and aware of our diverse cultures and religions that format the creation of our identities. I believe having the responsibility of promoting and supporting diversity at our school will allow us to develop the inclusive environment which I am striving for. So, collaborating with my sixth form team and students, to hold events or workshops, will embrace the practice of diversity.


I will be looking for ways to maintain sustainability around the school. As pollution and landfills increase, it is important to reinforce the importance of protecting our environment. I will be working with the Green Prefects to help encourage students to take part in helping out. As a school, we will take part in inter-house competitions, placing more plants around the school. I will be working closely with students to see how they would like the school to promote sustainability and how we can make the school more eco-friendly.

Year 11 Head Girls

The Year 11 Head Girls and Deputies demonstrate excellent leadership qualities and commitment to both Year 11 and the school. The range of leadership opportunities that we offer gives our students confidence and prepares them for post 16 life.

The Sixth Form and Year 11 student leadership team meet regularly with the Head Teacher and the Assistant Head Teacher with the oversight for the Student Council.

Student Council

The Student Council is elected from years 7-13 and is made up of 2 students from each year group. The Student Council supports the student leadership team and works with students and staff across a range of different areas including Diversity and Wellbeing, Teaching and learning supporting our community and charity work.  The student council is student-centred allowing students to learn to work together to play a positive role within our CHSG community. 

A number of the Council’s recommendations have been adopted, such as improving the school’s rewards system: The restructure of the House system, with a focus on an inspiring female role model each half-term and to rename the Houses. The Student Council al influences some staff appointments as student council members are often involved in the interview process.

The Student Leadership Structure

For more information about the student leadership group please contact Mrs Norman on 020 8647 8294 or

At the beginning of the Autumn Term, Sixth Form students apply to become a member of the Prefect Team.

There are many opportunities for our students to get involved in leadership when in the Sixth Form.


Meet the team!

The supportive and happy environment evident in lessons within the classrooms is certainly felt within the rest of our Sixth Form as well. Our Sixth Form students hold key positions of responsibility within the Student Leadership Team. These students help foster a sense of pride that students have in our school and Sixth Form.