Head pupils are usually responsible for representing the school at events, serve as a good role model for students, and share pupils’ ideas with the school’s leadership. The Head pupils work alongside the prefects in the school helping with their duties. They all meet with the Head Teacher or Year 6 teacher regularly to discuss school developments and timetable responsibilities.
School Prefects are chosen by the staff; Year 6 pupils who have shown they always stick to the school rules, follow our values, have a good attitude towards learning and show good manners – they are model pupils! It is considered to be a prestigious position. Prefects are, in a sense, junior members of staff and are expected to take their role seriously. The position not only allows the Year Six pupils to lead by example and demonstrate their responsibility, it also enables the younger children to learn from a good example which is why they are carefully selected. Once chosen they will be awarded badges to wear and their position made known to other children within the school. The post is held initially for two terms, it may then be renewed or other children may have the opportunity to join the team.
Prefect roles and responsibilities
St Thomas à Becket prefects must lead by example at all times in their behaviour and the respect they show to others. They take on many roles and have many responsibilities, such as:
- Modelling to other children how to behave well
- Organising other pupils at assembly time and helping to set up the class for assemblies.
- Contributing to the school and village newsletter
- Organising recycling
- Encouraging children to move around the school calmly and quietly
- Working with classes during wet break times
- Showing visitors around the school
- Assisting at school fairs and events
- Helping in the dining hall
- Helping in the school office with admin tasks such as making sure letters go to classes
They are not expected to carry out all these duties themselves but are involved in the organising and delegating of these tasks to other pupils; being involved in the day to day organisation of the school.
Of course, prefects are offered privileges which include, being allowed to be indoors at break times if they wish, work as mentors with other children, and regular meetings with the Mrs Meredith and Mrs Scaplehorn for tea and cakes!