The boys selected for leadership roles this year are:
Head Boy – George Harris
Assistant Head Boy – Harry Hewett
Assistant Head Boy – James Harris
Assistant Head Boy – Momin Mukhtar
Charity Prefect – Oliver Green
Head of Churchill – Luke Saunders
Head of Marlborough – Daniel Goodstein
Head of Nelson – Hassan Awan
Head of Wellington – Peter Saunders
They are assisted by a team of prefects.
Prefects are appointed at St James for four main reasons:
- To provide Sixth Formers with the opportunity to serve the school in a responsible capacity
- To support staff by ensuring that the school rules are followed
- To set an example to younger boys and encourage them to behave in a safe and considerate manner
- To help foster respect and trust throughout the school community
They are chosen by the Assistant Head in consultation with the Headmaster and the Head of Sixth Form. They will be young men who have shown that they are ready to take responsibility and are reliable and trustworthy. They will have an excellent disciplinary record, be hard-working academically and be making a contribution to the school in some other way – for instance in sport, music, drama, charity work, or assisting with a Club or Activity. They will be able to communicate well, keep calm under pressure and be wholly supportive of the ethos of the school.
Those invited to become Prefects must sign the ‘Prefects Code’ or decline the invitation. A Head Boy, two Deputy Head Boys and four House Captains are chosen from the group and these form the Prefects’ Committee. The Committee’s main responsibility is to produce a rota of duties and ensure that the Prefects perform them well.
The main task of the Prefects is to provide the younger boys with role models and to listen to their concerns. They also assist in the smooth running of the school and in promoting good conduct.
Prefects meet with the Assistant Head and with the Head of Sixth Form at regular intervals and learn how to develop leadership skills. They may give a written warning to boys who break the school rules or disobey a lawful and necessary instruction. They may give a short, break-time detention for a repeat offence. More serious misbehaviour is reported to the Assistant Head or any other member of staff.
Becoming a Prefect is an ideal way for young man to learn how to serve the community and to take an important step on the road to self-reliance.