A vertical prefect system operates within the Secondary phase. Prefects are appointed in Years 6-13.
Year 12 and 13 prefects are appointed following a formal application procedure. Some students are interviewed before appointments are made. Students who are new to the school may become Sixth Form prefects. Some Year 13 prefects are appointed to the Senior Prefect Team, from which the Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy(s) and Deputy Head Girl(s) are selected.
The Year 7-11 prefects are the returning students with highest net housepoints in their previous academic year (defined as positive points minus negative points). If possible, exactly 45 prefects are appointed in Years 7 and 8, and exactly 30 prefects are appointed in each of Years 9-11. However, if some students are tied, it may be necessary to appoint more than these numbers of prefects.
The Year 6 prefects are selected using the same system as for Years 7-11, but appointments are delayed, and are based on net points (defined as positive points minus negative points) gained during Terms 1 and 2 of Year 6. If possible, exactly 45 Year 6 prefects are appointed. However, if some students are tied, it may be necessary to appoint more than 45 Year 6 prefects.
Prefects are expected, at all times, to model the best possible standards of attendance, punctuality, work, uniform and behaviour. Prefects are expected to attend and perform their duties reliably. Sixth Form prefects have additional responsibilities which are explained on their application form.
In addition to the normal duties of a Prefect, Senior Prefects are expected to:
The Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl assist the Head Boy and Head Girl in fulfilling their responsibilities, and deputise for them as required. The Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl attend Sixth Form Council meetings and are the link between the Sixth Form Council and the Prefect Team.
Once appointed, prefects may not resign their positions before the end of the academic year. However, any prefect who is judged by the Sixth Form Coordinator or the Head Teacher not to be meeting the required standards may be removed from the Prefect Team, with or without warning. Should it be deemed necessary, the removal from post will also extend to the following academic year.
The Sixth Form Coordinator is authorised, at his or her sole discretion, to appoint additional Sixth Form prefects throughout the year and to promote Year 13 prefects to the Senior Prefect Team.
Additional prefects in Years 6-11 will only be appointed according to the same criteria as the original appointments in the event that the total number of prefects in the year group falls below the number specified above, either due to a student being removed from their role as a prefect or leaving the school mid-year.
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