We empower our students to feel that they can shape a world and a future that will enable humanity to thrive.

All girls at Walford explore service and leadership opportunities.

  • Walford has a proud culture of student agency and respecting, nurturing and empowering girls as leaders.

This is underpinned by the School motto Virtute et Veritate, ‘Moral Courage and Truth’. This motto reminds us that leadership is about bravely standing up for that which we know to be ethically right and true. Our aim is for students to learn, early on, that they can influence change for the better by serving causes greater than their own.

Leadership Academy

Girls in Years 6 and 7 benefit from our unique two-year leadership program designed to equip them with essential leadership skills and empower them to thrive. Integrated into both the Wellbeing program and each year level curriculum, this initiative provides a diverse range of experiential opportunities aimed at nurturing character and self-confidence. A key component of the academy is the Compass Award – a junior-style International Duke of Edinburgh program focused on physical activity, hobbies, volunteering, and exploration. As part of the academy, students engage with leaders, Walford Old Scholars, and community entrepreneurs, and gain valuable insights and inspiration for their own futures.

Girls at Walford are encouraged to assume responsibilities, by offering them a broad spectrum of leadership opportunities. These encompass informal and formal leadership positions, participation in classroom and year-level student initiatives, involvement in peer support, musical roles, leadership mentoring, public speaking, hosting assemblies and events, as well as guiding school tours.

Explore our Leadership Opportunities


At Walford, we believe in instilling a commitment to serving others as an integral part of leadership development.

Through our service learning opportunities, students are encouraged to leverage their privilege as a powerful motivator to support charities and those in need. We empower our students to recognise the importance of using their resources and platforms to enact positive change in their communities and beyond. Whether through volunteering at local shelters, organising fundraising events, or engaging in community service projects, our students actively embrace their responsibility to make a difference. By fostering a culture of compassion and social responsibility, we aim to inspire our students to become empathetic leaders who are dedicated to serving others and creating a more equitable and inclusive society.