The prefect system at Sutton Valence School is part of the overall programme that develops leadership and responsibility. It is present in the Second Form (for the junior years) through to the ultimate accolade, Head of School in the Upper Sixth.
Prefects are expected to establish and maintain the highest standards of behaviour, attitude and appearance at all times and provide a positive role model for other pupils. They are appointed each year to undertake various roles and responsibilities around the School.
Prefects will exhibit the personal qualities that are valued at Sutton Valence, including self-discipline, leadership skills, communication skills, public speaking, politeness, helpfulness, respect and care for others. They are reliable and responsible members of the School’s community.
Leadership in the Juniors
Class Captains are appointed in the Second Form and are expected to assist as Open Morning and Junior Induction Day guides, act as mentors for the First Form pupils and be the junior representative for their house, as well as helping with charity events, reading in Chapel and keeping an eye on the well-being of other juniors in the School.
Leadership in boarding
Within the boarding houses, house prefects assist the boarding staff with the running of the house. This includes taking registers, checking and assisting with Third and Fourth Form prep and acting as a mentor to new members of the boarding community. A member of the house prefects, from each house, is made Head of House.
Taking on responsibility
Lower Sixth pupils apply to become a School Prefect. This involves writing a letter of application, detailing why they think they have the attributes required, and an interview with the Headmaster and Deputy Head. Those fortunate to be selected, take up their post in June to assist with end-of-year arrangements and give them time to become accustomed to the role, in advance of the new academic year. The role of a School Prefect is wide ranging with many different responsibilities. These, and indeed the responsibilities of all prefects – School, house or junior can be distilled into:
- Represent and serve the whole School community;
- Represent the views of students and the wider School community appropriately and through the correct channels and structures;
- Promote the School in a positive way internally to pupils and to the wider community externally;
- Set the highest standards of dress, behaviour and attitude at all times.
School Prefects attend an induction day where they are given information on their roles and responsibilities and a chance to develop their understanding about, and different styles of, leadership. This also includes practical activities where they learn how to manage teams and start to understand their own strengths and weaknesses as a leader and their own individual style.