Windsor Girls’ School, Developing future female leaders

Windsor Girls’ School is a state secondary school for girls aged 13-18 which holds a Business and Enterprise Colleges (BECs) specialist status.

Since taking up her position as Headteacher at Windsor Girls’ School, Gill Labrum has focused on raising the aspirations and achievements of all her students. Within the first few months she rebranded the school, working with staff and students to instil a new culture based around three key principles: Aspire, Advance and Achieve. Her approach was to focus on supporting the girls and inspiring them to care about achievement; academic as well as pastoral care.

As part of their Business and Enterprise Specialism they identified 10 enterprising skills which they focus on developing within their students. These are:

  • Solving problems
  • Evaluating your actions
  • Taking risks
  • Being creative
  • Being a good communicator
  • Setting goals
  • Making decisions
  • Being competitive
  • Working as a team/with others
  • Being resourceful

In their lessons and extracurricular activities they highlight opportunities for developing these skills and for creating links with successful female role models. They have also re-designed their curriculum based on the drive for future skills needs and modern technologies.

They are leading the way by:

  • sharing great practice and collaborating with other schools;
  • developing partnerships with local businesses and local groups to develop leadership and employability skills; and,
  • networking to find speakers to share their stories.

The school is committed to finding the best and most sustainable ways of preparing students for work via their business partnerships. One key example of this is their partnership with Centrica PLC whereby they are developing employability skills focusing on girls in Year 10 who have potential, but are currently not achieving their best. It aims to increase confidence and motivation through the development of life skills and employability skills. The programme uses Business Buddies (Centrica volunteers) to mentor and motivate the girls.

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