Senior Prefect Team

Welcome from the Head Boy

The sense of Uno Animo, ‘One Spirit’, is both prominent and fundamental throughout the school. Whether it’s on the rugby pitch, in a rowing boat, at a morning orchestra rehearsal or at a physics society talk, the sense of unity felt is something I have never experienced anywhere else. Within the first week of arriving, despite our previous nerves, my friends and I were literally thrown in at the deep end at the rowing swim test, had our first rugby training session and had seen for ourselves this ‘One Spirit’ we had heard so much about. The range of support and opportunities TWBS offers its students is unprecedented so it’s vital to make the most out of it. I am confident that everyone can find something they love here, but the most important thing is to be willing and enthusiastic about the fantastic opportunities here. If you do this, there is no telling what you can achieve.

This sense of unity has pushed for success in both individuals and teams throughout the school, especially over the past year. With a boat winning the Fawley Challenge Cup at Henley, the then year 11 football team becoming national champions and the physics society continuing to gather a bigger and bigger following, there couldn’t be a more exciting time to join. I have no doubt that in my last year, what the students accomplish will amaze me, and so I look forward to every second. While I’m excited to move on from TWBS next year, I will never forget the excellent support the school has given me in all areas of my life. It’s allowed me to develop and grow as both a student and a person.

Jude Compton-Stewart
Head Boy

 

The process

Prefect roles become available in year 12.  A handful of impressive boys from each of the eight houses are put forward by their house leader for the Prefect role.  Towards the end of year 12 these boys, as well as any non-prefects, have the opportunity to submit an application for the prestigious role of Senior Prefect.  Those shortlisted are required to have an interview with the Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form.  A decision is then made on which 18 boys will become Senior Prefects.  The allocation of Deputy Head Boy role and the Head Boy role are also the product of this interview.  The process is concluded with the ‘Head Boy’s Dinner’ in May which marks the hand-over to the new Head Boy and his team of Prefects.

What does it take to become a Head Boy/Prefect?

The first duty of the Prefect team is to positively represent The Windsor Boys’ School.  Therefore, it is crucial to contribute to school life as a member of the lower school.  Display commitment through representation in the sports teams, involvement with the arts and engagement with student clubs.  A Windsor Boys’ School Prefect also requires a strong work ethic so academic focus and attainment is an important part of a successful prefect application.

The structure of the team

Year 12 prefects: The responsibility of the prefects in year 12 is to be a point of contact and support for year 9 students as well as being on duty around the site during break and lunch times.  There are roughly 50 year 12 prefects. Senior prefects: Senior prefects take on greater responsibilities.  On a basic level they are responsible for the seating of boys in school assemblies and the organisation of the year 12 prefects.  However, they also lead new student initiatives, head charity fund-raising events and work to make improvements for the wider student body. Head Boy and Deputy Head Boys: The Head Boy and his deputies meet weekly with the Headteacher and are the point of contact between the Prefect team and the Senior Leadership staff.  They lead the Senior Prefect Team and oversee the year 12 prefects.  Also, the Head Boy speaks at the school open evening and speech day.

My experience

Having decided to support the Berkshire Autistic Society, we have organised several charity days which have raised in excess of £3000.  This has involved mass games of dodge ball, Christmas jumper mufti and three hour ergothon challenges.  The Student Council has been re-booted so that it now regularly acts as a representative voice for the student body.  The Council won a grant of £1,800 which has allowed us to purchase outdoor table tennis tables, football goals and basketball hoops to improve our lunchtime facilities. As Head Boy for 2014-2015, I have really enjoyed the position of responsibility within a school which has given me so much.  I think it is very important that the students are able to contribute to the improvement of school life and this is something which we have been able to do. Nick Chevis