“Being a prefect at the top of the school gave our son an understanding of the responsibility he had for the welfare of the younger boys.” Parent

We use older pupils as role models unashamedly. The older boys in the school are acutely aware of the influence they have on younger boys, and the responsibility that such influence brings. 

They lead and help in assemblies and with house meetings and run School Council and Team G as well as other clubs. They also work with younger pupils every day as their ‘form monitors’, listening to them read or helping with their work. Year 8 boys undergo training and don armbands at breaktimes to show that younger children can go to them for help if necessary.  As well as the Head Boy and Deputy Head roles, all Year 8 pupils hold important positions at school and play a vital role in the smooth running of different areas – Charities, Whole School Events, Innovation, Wellbeing, Sport, School Council, Team G, Music, Playground, ICT to name but a few. Pupils are actively involved in the day-to-day running of the school and are able to initiate changes and make budget requests.

Finlay - Head Boy

What have you done in your role as Head Boy? 

I ran the first whole school assembly at the start of the new term on Zoom. I didn't find it too scary and actually thought it was really fun. I also spoke at the final prizegiving for the Year 6 leavers (and other leavers) as well as the Year 8 leavers too. I also really loved speaking to new parents looking at coming to Solefield at a virtual open morning during the second lockdown.

How has your role changed during Covid?  

One big difference at prizegiving, was doing my speech in front of a fraction of people rather than a full auditorium of people. It was definitely a big moment in my life writing my speech, rehearsing it and then doing the real thing! 

What have you enjoyed about your Head Boy role?

I was so happy when I was chosen for Head Boy. It is one of those things in life that you only get to do once. When I was in the Pre-Prep I would have never imagined me being a Year 8 and the Head Boy; it has been a real privilege.