Leadership Academy

St Ninian’s Leadership Academy

Back in 2007, 13 pupils and 3 teachers attended the Columba 1400 Leadership Academy funded by Schools of Ambition. The academy was seen to be a great success with the school reaping the benefits of the freshly honed leadership skills of a number of the pupil body. The premise of the academy was building on leadership potential in people by through the leadership values of St Columba: integrity, perseverance, creativity, service, focus and awareness.
In order to create a sustainable model and to promote leadership in our learners, we have used pupils and staff who have experienced the leadership academy to deliver the course to others. Each year since the original course, a variety of S2 and S3 pupils, selected by teachers for displaying leadership potential, have attended our Leadership Academy in Ardlui, Loch Lommond. This has seen 98 pupil undergo leadership training accompanied by a number of teachers. The Leadership Academy has been so successful that East Dunbartonshire provided funding for us to deliver the course to pupils and staff from Lenzie Academy and primary 7 pupils from our Associated Primaries.
On return to school, those who have attended to course, use their skills to help better the school community. This has seen them assist at Parents’ Evenings and Information nights, set up Homework support classes for younger pupils, lead extracurricular activities and charitable ventures.