Student Leadership at
The British School of Lomé


Student Leadership
Student Leadership at BSL

At BSL we believe that students should be given a wide range of opportunities to develop and practice leadership skills in preparation for life beyond school. Many Student Leadership activities focus on improving the quality of learning in the classroom, supporting the school's endeavours to empower learners and enrich lives where everyone has the opportunity to trying new things, finding solutions and embrace new responsibilities.

The aims of our Student Leadership programme

• To empower students to work in partnership with staff towards shared goals.
• To enable creativity to flourish as the school community benefits from the wealth of experiences, ideas, skills and sense of fun that students bring.
• To provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through a variety of inspiring, challenging and valued projects which impact positively on learning, teaching and well-being for both students and staff.
• To prepare students for Higher Education and for achieving personal and professional excellence in life after formal education.

The Student Council

The prefect council

We believe that students should have a voice in matters that affect their lives and be provided with opportunities to participate in decision making. The student council enables students to become active participants in the school community. The student council should promote the interests of the school and the involvement of students in the affairs of the school and should make a positive contribution to every aspect of the school community.

At the beginning of the school year representatives from each tutor group will be elected to the school council. Students interested in representing their class must nominate themselves on an official form and be nominated by two others.

Tutor group representatives will bring specific issues to the student council that their tutor group has raised during discussions. Issues will be discussed by the student council and decisions reached by a vote, carried by a simple majority. Feedback from each meeting will be given to class groups by their representative during PSHE sessions. The senior management group will discuss issues brought before them by the student council and respond accordingly.

The Prefect Council

The prefect council

A number of roles which are fundamental to the daily functioning of the school are open to IB students in order to provide IB students with authentic leadership responsibilities within the school and develop strengths and key skills through a wide range of activities and opportunities in the community. Primarily prefects are appointed because they are good role-models and contribute positively to school life.

It is an individual student's choice whether to put themselves forward for a prefect position. Students who joined the school at the beginning of the academic year will be eligible to apply for prefect posts on the same basis as all other students. Their personal attributes, work ethic, ideas and contribution to school life will be judged on the evidence available.

Students apply by formal application letter to the head teacher for a prefect responsibility. Based on their application students may be called to interview. Interviews will consist of a panel of staff including the head teacher, deputy-head and head of sixth form.

The Prefect Council is directly responsible for running a number of school initiatives including the school tuck shop, helping at school events, Boarding activities and entertainment specifically on Saturday nights and break and lunchtime duties.
The Head Boy and Head Girl
Head Boy Christopher Ode
Head Boy Joseph Elias
Head Girl Valeska Palanga
Head Girl Serena Sabnani


Once the prefect council has been set up a whole school election will take place to establish a head-boy and head-girl from the members of the prefect council. Both students and staff are eligible to vote in this election.

The head-boy and head-girl are responsible for chairing both the student and prefect council and to contribute to whole school events and open days.

The Boarding Council

The Boarding Council acts in a very similar way to the student council and represents the needs of BSL's boarding community.

The Eco Council

The Sustainability or Eco council works to promote environmental awareness and to make BSL a greener environment. As with the student council, students are elected to represent different tutor groups and primary classes. The Eco council has already achieved some wonderful initiative including recycling bins and highly effective signs in every room in the school reminding everyone to turn off lights and ACs in order to save energy!