Sixth formers offered executive-level leadership training

Students in their final year at Sedbergh School are participating in the Ivy House Award, a leadership development programme first devised for executives of FTSE 100 companies

Pupils at an independent Cumbrian boarding school are being offered leadership training on a course originally designed for executives of FTSE 100 companies.

Open to students in their final year at Sedbergh School, the Ivy House Award is a personal and professional development programme intended to help learners ‘develop the confidence and skills they need to step up and take ownership of their future’.

“Whatever path Sedbergh pupils choose in the future, we want to prepare them to make the most of all the opportunities professional and personal life has to offer, and to pursue their own individual vision of fulfilment,” said the school’s headmaster, Dan Harrison.

“The Ivy House Award will help us to achieve this by developing self-knowledge, self-leadership and self-empowerment, and giving our young people the skills, knowledge and confidence to take ownership of their lives and develop a plan to build the kind of future they want.”

Eighty-three per cent of previous participants polled by Ivy House said that the award has had a positive impact on their life, with the skills acquired intended to help students with:

  • How they show up at school and beyond
  • The relationships they build
  • The careers and paths they choose
  • Their self-confidence
  • The impact they make on the world


Sedbergh becomes the 19th independent school in the UK to run the award, alongside 17 state schools and other institutions overseas. The student-focused programme was developed by the designer of the original course, Ivy House London founder, Elke Edwards.

“‘Why do we usually only bring this learning to people who have already reached the pinnacle of their careers?” she asked.

“Why not bring 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 the Ivy House Award to be accessible to any student who wants to take ownership for living an extraordinary life.”

You may also like: Canford School is among the other institutions enrolled in the Ivy House Award

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