We want to develop our students as leaders and we see the role of the prefect as a great opportunity for our young people to work alongside the staff in a leadership role.
Students are invited to apply to become a prefect in the summer term of Y10. The process involves a formal letter of application and an interview with the respective Heads of House. It is a good preparation also for College or job interviews.
Prefects are all invited to apply for the Senior Student Leadership roles(Head Girl/Boy) by formal letter and are invited to speak to students and staff. Following this an election takes place with vote blocks allocated to students, staff and the Senior Leadership team. It is a rigorous process and this year we had 23 applications for these leading positions.
A small budget is allocated to the Senior Student Leadership team to support their Improvement Plan.
At our Christmas dinner senior prefects are required to entertain guests from our community. In December 2013 the residents of Barton Lane were hosted by our student leaders and they enjoyed an excellent dinner together.
Prefects are given training for their role.
Prefects undergo training to develop their leadership and assertiveness skills so that they can undertake duties with senior staff at lunch times at key places around the school. They also are a point of contact for younger students who may have questions or concerns that want to share. In addition our prefects conduct tours for prospective parents at our open evening in September and may be invited to meet VIPs who visit our school from time to time.
Senior Student Leadership Team represent student voice on the Governing Body.
Our senior prefects who include the Head girl, Head boy and their respective deputies form a Senior Student Leadership Team and they are invited to attend the Governors' 'Teaching, learning and Curriculum' Committee' and the Full Governing Body meeting too. They make a significant contribution to the running of the school by voicing the views of the students.
2015-16 Newly elected student leadership team
Head Girl; Flossie Palmer
Head Boy; Archie Davis
Deputy Head Boy; Seth Noves
Deputy Head Girl; Mia Benham-Clarke