In the Sixth Form students are offered leadership opportunities through the School Prefects programme that enables them to take on new responsibilities beyond their standard curriculum. Whilst serving their school community, School Prefects develop new skills in terms of confidence, self-discipline and effective team work
The Role of Prefect is varied, sometimes challenging and always rewarding. Functioning effectively as a team, implementing projects, being a role model for their peers and a supportive member of the school community are only but a few of the aspects this post entails. Support is at hand through weekly meetings with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. There, Prefects learn the basics of meeting etiquette and are initiated to the taking of minutes. The School Prefect Google Forum also enables ideas to be shared and discussions to be logged.
Each year, our team of Prefects attend a leadership training conference, led by an external company that specialises in developing leaders in various industries. During the course the team do a lot of self-reflection in order to identify personal strengths as well as common team goals that they would like to achieve by the end of their time as Prefects. A great part of the course has seen the teams of Prefects over the past few years focus on the ethos of successful integration of international students with domestic students, leading to a number of well-planned events celebrating the various cultures in the school.
The process of application to become a School Prefect involves an initial letter of application to the Headmaster followed by an interview with the Headmaster and the Senior teacher responsible for Prefects during the late Spring term of Year 12. Opinions from the rest of the staff and students are also sought before the final nominations. Prefects take up their posts in the summer term of Year 12 in preparation for their role in Year 13. A Head of School and Deputy Head of School are also appointed each year out of the nominated cohort of School Prefects. This is a recognised accolade for students whose contributions to school life and attitudes to learning have been consistently outstanding.