Townley Grammar School offers its students plenty of opportunities to develop leadership skills and is proud to be one of a few schools in the country to offer a dedicated and progressive leadership programme for Sixth Form students.


Students start their training with a series of practical workshops created and led by top industry professional Ben Walden. Ben is an actor and Founder and Artistic Director of the education organisation Contender Charlie and during his sessions students learn about different aspects of leadership such as calling and leadership, influencing skills, communication skills, styles of leadership and public speaking.

Running alongside these workshops, students devise and lead their own leadership project within the school. This is an important part of the programme as it allows participants to exercise the action of leadership and apply what they are learning in the workshops to a real life practical situation.

Projects produced so far include Townley’s first ever Robotics Club, an LGBT Support Network and a variety of medical, science and debating societies, mentoring initiatives and visual and performing arts projects.

There have also been a number of ambitious outreach initiatives - a choreography and dance project at Woodside Special School in Belvedere (for students with moderate learning difficulties and autism), two community projects for people over 60 and a Spanish Language Club and Guided Reading Project at a local primary school.   

In addition to the workshops and project work, students attend regular in-house leadership sessions led by specialist staff members. These bespoke sessions complement and consolidate what the students are learning about leadership, offer on-going support and advice and allow students to play an active role in steering the programme to the next level.  

The start of the academic year welcomes a new group of Year 12 students onto the programme and we look forward to sharing their journey with you over the coming months.

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