Whilst members of the School Council are chosen democratically by children, prefects are identified by the Year 6 team. Prefects are awarded badges that identify them to staff, pupils and visitors. Pupils are selected for their ability to lead others and are, indeed, pupil leaders. Prefects must lead by example through exemplary good manners and behaviour; good citizenship and through correct wearing of the school uniform.
Role of the Prefects – developing responsibility
Prefects are, in a sense, junior members of staff and are expected to take their role seriously. A prefect’s role is varied and to be awarded a School Prefect badge is considered to be a real privilege. A prefect’s responsibilities will include assisting in the management of the school; showing visitors around the school; working in the school office; working with classes during wet break times; helping the Headteacher with new parent afternoons and directing pupil movement at key times during the school day. The Year 6 team work with prefects to timetable their responsibilities.
Children from Year 6 may be added to the current group of prefects as the year goes on, the list is never closed and the Headteacher will also appoint prefects during the year.