The prefect system at Chichester High School is part of the overall programme that develops leadership and responsibility.
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 at the end of Year 10, ready to undertake various roles and responsibilities around the School in Year 11.
Prefects will exhibit the personal qualities that are valued at Chichester High School, including self-discipline, leadership skills, communication skills, public speaking (for some), politeness, helpfulness, respect and care for others.
They are reliable and responsible members of the School’s community.
Becoming a Prefect involves writing a letter of application, detailing why they think they have the attributes required, and an interview. 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 – 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.