As part of our citizenship education, we believe that children need to experience duties and responsibilities that come with being a member of a community in order to help them prepare to play an active role as citizens.
At Stanhope we believe that prefects have a very important role to play in the day to day organisation of our school and as only Year Six pupils are allowed to apply for this position, it is considered to be very prestigious. Prefects are, in a sense, the pupil leadership team and are expected to take their role seriously.
The position not only allows the Year Six pupils to lead by example and demonstrate their responsibility, it also enables the younger children to learn from a good example. Every prefect has to apply for the job and their applications go through a selection process.
Whilst the School Council members are chosen democratically by children, the senior staff identify and encourage suitable children to apply for a prefect position. Once their application has been successful, prefects are awarded badges in a whole school assembly.
Stanhope prefects must lead by example at all times in their behaviour, the respect they show to others and their school uniform. They take on many roles and have many responsibilities, such as: