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Senior Prefect Team

Welcome from the Head Boy

I can safely say that I had never been immersed in such a supportive and engaging atmosphere before joining the Boys’ School. From 9.00 am – 3.00 pm, the school achieves academic excellence through class wide interactive learning and smaller group sessions, supplemented by independent study at home. However, it is outside of the classrooms where the school’s magic truly begins to show. The school is open from 7.00 am in the morning, where one will see the members of boat club training relentlessly for their next regatta. Only 45 minutes later, the music department begins its hour long rehearsal before school officially begins, with a different band practicing each day of the week. After school, the sheer volume of societies and sports clubs one can partake in is almost overwhelming. From Debate and Law Society to Rugby, Physics Society to theatre productions and Chess Club to Ultimate Frisbee, there is something for every student at the Boys’ School to enjoy. If I am to offer any advice to our incoming year 9, it would be to hurl yourself into the deep end: come to school early, leave school late, use every moment of the school day to explore new interests and meet new people – make the most of it while you’re here! I know many Alumni look back fondly at their years at the Boys’ School as some of the best of their lives, and now that I am poised to leave, I find myself agreeing with them that my time at the Boys’ School has been second to none. I hope you enjoy your time at The Windsor Boys’ School as much as I have, and I look forward to meeting you all in September.

Michael Smith, 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