“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.
Ted - Sport Prefect
James - Sport Prefect, Playground Prefect, Captain of Cricket
What does your role involve?
Ted - as Sport Prefect, I help out with sport and show a good attitude towards all sports.
James - in my prefect roles I help by supplying new playground toys and lead the Solefield 1st cricket team.
What do you most enjoy about your prefect role?
Ted - I enjoy helping pupils throughout the school to develop their sporting skills further.
James - It means a lot to me having a leadership role that allows me to lead the cricket team.
What part of your role do you see as most important right now?
Ted - teaching younger boys to have better discipline in sport both on and off the pitch.
James - I see my role as Captain of Cricket particularly important right now.
In what ways do you feel you are making a difference to the boys at Solefield?
Ted - I feel I am helping boys in their sporting skills, their sporting discipline and their attitude to all sports, even if they don't enjoy that sport.
James - helping to ensure that the pupils have the right playground toys so they can play the games they want to.