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29.09.14 - Ockbrook Head Girl Learns Key to Success at Inspirational Prefects’ Conference

An Ockbrook School student has proven she has what it takes to become an effective leader, after being invited to a conference which aims to give aspiring Head Boys and Girls from around the country the chance to learn, develop and practice key skills.

Emily Kent, 17, from Holbrook, near Belper, Derbyshire, attended the popular Senior Prefects’ Conference last month in Rishworth, West Yorkshire. Organised by The Society of Heads, an association made up of head teachers from over 100 well-established independent schools, Emily took part in various leadership and team building exercises to help prepare her for the challenges she may face in school.

As well as taking part in practical outdoor sessions, which included traditional trust games such as being blindfolded by team mates, the conference also provided delegates with an opportunity to build on their public speaking skills by preparing and delivering a presentation on a chosen topic.

Emily says: “The conference was a really fantastic experience. It not only gave me the opportunity to boost my own personal skills, but also allowed me to meet lots of new people that I had something in common with.

“The practical side of the course was fun and tested our ability to work as part of a team, whilst the classroom sessions helped us to consider different perspectives, especially the child protection module. The workshops helped me to recognise my strengths, as well as the skills I would like to improve on. I’m now really excited to put everything I have learnt into practice in my role as Head Girl at Ockbrook this year.”

Taking place at Rishworth School from the 19th to 21st of August, delegates were also given time to relax and form friendships, as well as being invited to dress up for a formal dinner and reception in the school’s Dining Hall.

Tom Brooksby, Headmaster, Ockbrook School, added: “Emily is our first Head Girl to take part in this type of conference which is why we saw it as such a great investment. Acting as an ambassador for the school, not just within the grounds but in the broader community, is a big responsibility and we are really proud of what Emily has achieved. I’m sure that she will do a fantastic job in her role as Head Girl and will act as a spokesperson for the school and friend to other students.”