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New Student Leaders

Date Posted: 18/04/2013 | Posted In: Latest news

Students at QE recently held elections for a new President and Vice President of their Student Association. 

This year’s election saw five candidates competing for the prestigious position of Student Association President and student interest was the largest to date, with more than 1400 students exercising their right to vote. All candidates created their own promotional campaigns and presented their views in speeches in the Student Common Room. They also produced short videos to highlight their ideas. All did superbly well, proposing changes and policies to enhance the student experiencer.

The new President of the Student Association is Thomas Johnston. Tom is from Darlington and used to attend Hurworth School. He is currently studying AS Level Politics, Media Communication and Production, English Language and Modern History. After representing QE as Student President, Tom’s ambition is to go to university and become a music journalist.

Tom says:

 ‘Running for the Presidency was probably the best thing I’ve ever done. It was great to see so many students taking an interest in their College and really getting behind some of the campaigns. I can’t wait to get started and I’m really looking forward to working alongside the students.’

QE’s new Vice President is Daisy Catterall from Eaglescliffe.  Daisy is taking AS Level English Literature, French, Art and Philosophy and hopes to become a teacher. Daisy adds:

‘Being a candidate in the elections was both a nerve wracking and rewarding experience. Knowing I have gained the support and trust of both students and teachers alike is overwhelming and I’m really looking forward to working with Tom to achieve great things next year.’

The President and Vice President of the Student Association become Governors of the College, meet regularly with the Principal and senior staff and, along with their Executive, organise social and charity fundraising events. Their leadership skills are vital in representing the views of the student body and affecting change.

Beccy Stannard, Student Services Co-ordinator, concludes:

‘Next year promises to be really exciting. Tom and Daisy are really passionate students who are dynamic and determined. They already seem to work brilliantly together and fully supported each other during their campaign week. I’m very much looking forward to working with them.’