We provide opportunities for students to take leadership roles within the school:
Senior Prefect Team
The school elects a Senior Prefect Team, including Head Boy, Head Girl, two Deputy Head Boys and two Deputy Head Girls. Candidates put their names forward in the early Spring Term for the Year Group to vote and a shortlist is made for the Year Group to vote, along with members of staff. Positions are taken up by the successful Year 12 students in the Easter Term of Year 12 and are in post for a year. They are regularly asked to represent the school on many varying occasions, such as the Old Owenians Harold Moore Luncheon in October half term and visits from the Masters and Brewers. For more details and lists of past Head Boys, Head Girls and Deputies see our Senior Prefect Team page.
Form Prefects and Teaching Support
Sixth Formers also have numerous opportunities to help elsewhere in the school. We encourage them to take responsibility, perhaps as a Form Prefect, or by assisting in lessons with younger members of the school.
Form Prefects play a vital role in the day to day running of the school and support newer students in the Lower School. One boy and one girl are chosen to be Form Prefects for each Form in Years 7-10 – there are 56 Form Prefects in total. They attend two Form Times per week with their form to assist the Form Tutor. For the rest of the week, they attend their own Form Time, Year Assembly and Upper School Assembly. Year 7 Form Prefects attend the Year 7 Residential course to help the settling in and bonding process.
Teaching Support: Sixth Formers prove invaluable in helping in many lessons for junior pupils, as well as providing teaching support for children with Special Educational Needs, which can be especially rewarding. A team of School Prefects organise the KINECT club every lunch time to be on hand to help students in all years, with a particular emphasis on Years 7-9, with homework, and academic issues they may have encountered in class. A School Prefect with A Level maths attends every session and it’s held in a classroom with computer facilities. KINECT is independent of teachers and problems are not reported – it aims to be a friendly and safe environment for students to interact with prefects and each other, and is one way to help Year 7s meet and make friends.
We also have an elected School Council, with members across the whole school, working on issues raised by students. The Sixth Form Team will ask Sixth Formers to help with Parents’ Evenings and Open Days, to give tours of the school to prospective pupils and parents and to assist in the running of school events. Many clubs and societies require Sixth Form help and leadership and teachers frequently look to Sixth Formers to help them set up new activities. Some students can also develop their leadership through involvement in sports teams, helping out with younger teams or through the Sports Leadership programme.
See also Extra Activities.