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Senior Prefect Team

Welcome from the Head Boy

From the start of my Windsor Boys’ School career I have been astounded by what this school can offer. Since the first day I arrived here it was apparent the number of opportunities given to you: from jumping into the river at rowing, playing football with your friends, setting up and contributing to societies or acting in school performances to name only a few. I truly believe that if you want to do it then you will get the right support to achieve whatever it is you want. The range of co-curricular activities is vast with something for everyone. One of the greatest strengths of this school is if you have a goal you will be asked how can this be done, instead of many other places which would tell you no. When looking at this school it is clear to see the hard working students and staff striving for success, it is obvious to all those visiting or in the school how truly brilliant an environment for passion and excellence it is.

With the Boat Club having produced two Fawley Challenge Cup wins at Henley Royal Regatta in the past two years, the football team winning the national cup, a tremendous Ofsted review and many more outstanding performances, there is no better time to join the Windsor Boys’ School than now! The help and guidance shown to all students is something the teachers strive in, everyone is here to give you the best chance in life no matter what. Both unity and commitment are just two of the best qualities this school offers its students which makes me proud to say I am a Windsor boy.

Matthew Tebbit
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