SEVEN role models have been selected to lead and represent the student body at their school.

Ripon Grammar School has appointed its head boy and head girl and their five deputies who will take office in June and serve for 12 months.

Sixth formers Nicholas Edwards and Lauren Langham are supported by Joseph Lewis, Tom Stringer, Sophie Charlton, Hannah Moss and Melody Swiers.

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The students had to apply for the posts, be interviewed by headmaster, Martin Pearman and head of sixth form, Terry Fell, and seek views from staff and their peer group.

Lauren is studying A-levels in biology, chemistry, mathematics and English literature, with a plan to read medicine at university.

The 17-year-old, of Ripon, said: "One of our main roles is to organise Charity Week in October and we sit on the School Council, liaising between students and teachers."

Nicholas, 16, of Ripon, is studying English, Spanish, mathematics and chemistry, plays hockey for North Yorkshire, is a swimming coach and plays the piano.

He said: "We also have a number of public speaking roles throughout the year and host visitors in school."

Headmaster Martin Pearman said: "As always, we had a large number of high calibre students to choose from for these important roles.

“The positions are wide-ranging, requiring leadership, diplomacy and tact. I'm confident they will fulfil their roles confidently and effectively.”