Matthew Burns

Sedbergh School pupils to receive world-class leadership training

Sedbergh School has introduced a pioneering leadership programme to bring life-changing personal and professional development, normally reserved for FTSE 100 senior executives, to their Sixth Form pupils.

Located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Sedbergh School is running this innovative programme with all 104 of its Year 13 pupils. The Ivy House Award, which focuses on self-knowledge, self-leadership and self-empowerment, gives pupils the skills, knowledge and confidence to take ownership for their lives and develop a plan to build the kind of future they want.

‘The Award’, designed by Ivy House London, is running in 36 schools across the UK, including 17 state secondary, and 19 independent schools. They have also expanded their offering internationally, supporting some of the most promising young talent across 24 countries, through The Rise Programme.

Sedbergh School, which is a co-educational, full boarding school for 13-18 year olds, is delighted to be the first Cumbrian school to be partnering with Ivy House to bring this unique opportunity to their oldest pupils, as they prepare themselves for life after Sedbergh. 

Mr Dan Harrison, Headmaster of Sedbergh School, said:We are very excited about the prospect of our Year 13 pupils undergoing the prestigious Ivy House Award programme. The last year has been a very difficult time for all pupils and we want to help equip our leavers with the best possible life skills going forwards. The Ivy House Award will help considerably in this area.”

Kate Lander, CEO, Ivy House London, said: We’re delighted to partner with Sedbergh School, supporting their Year 13s through The Ivy House Award. Sedbergh have always been trailblazers, leading the way with an extraordinary extra-curricular programme and an incredible focus on whole-person development.”

“The Ivy House Award is about equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to understand themselves, make conscious, informed decisions about their future and become the leaders of their lives. We’re proud to work with a school so passionate about helping pupils thrive as individuals and enabling them to support their peers to become the best version of themselves.”

Elke Edwards, founder of Ivy House London, ran one of Europe’s leading executive development businesses for 20 years, worked with senior leaders at over 40% of the FTSE 100 and won more than 40 awards. But for all the success, she was frustrated by one thing.

She said: “Why are we only bringing this learning to people who have already reached the pinnacle of their careers? Why aren’t we bringing this kind of profound development to young people at a time when it could change the whole course of their lives? My ambition is for this learning to be accessible to any student who wants to take ownership for living an extraordinary life.”

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