Student leadership

Rationale

The Crest Academy provides many opportunities for young people to develop leadership and representation skills and we entrust pupils with responsibilities commensurate with their strengths and abilities.

Prefects have the potential to influence the school environment and the behaviour of their fellow pupils by becoming advocates for positive change in the school community.

Key aims

  • Develop an effective student leadership model that enables all students to develop key leadership competencies and skills
  • Develop opportunities for students’ views to be taken into account when strategic decision about the academy’s future development are being considered
  • Develop a culture of student involvement in the life of the academy
  • Develop a culture of student involvement in the life of the local community
  • Ensure that students’ views are a key driver to the integration process of the boys and the girls’ school

General Guidelines

School prefects will work to ensure that their moral and academic life shall always be a model for the student community to emulate. Prefects undergo continuous leadership training twice a month with Mr Comrie (Assistant Vice Principal – KS4) and Paul Amuzie (Brent Community Organiser).The training will focus on:

  • Be clear about the roles and responsibilities of prefects at their school
  • Know what skills and personal qualities are needed to be effective prefects
  • Understand their own strengths and limitations
  • Know how to communicate confidently
  • Understand the concept of assertiveness and its importance to prefects
  • Understand the relevance of leadership to being a prefect
  • Understand the components of effective team working
  • Public speaking

Each prefect shall have a job description defining his/her areas of responsibility. Prefects are expected to perform their duties effectively; failure may result in disciplinary action. Prefects who fail to adhere to the Prefect Code of Conduct and to maintain the role and responsibilities will be given a notice of intention to remove their prefect status. Students failing to address the area(s) of concern will have their prefect status removed and their contract revoked.

Prefect Code of Conduct

Each prefect will be expected to:

  • Respect the rules and regulations of the school.
  • Be dressed appropriately at all times. Prefects shall wear their prefect tie that distinguishes their office at all times.
  • Be punctual for duties and attend all prefect meetings where possible.
  • Maintain an excellent academic and behaviour record and lead by example, ensuring the pursuit of academic excellence and orderly behaviour.
  • Be positive and enthusiastic, encouraging and motivating fellow students.
  • Be cooperative, helpful, well-mannered, trustworthy, and responsible.
  • Be respectful toward teachers, your peers and the school environment.
  • Display leadership qualities: confidence, initiative, problem solving skills
  • Be willing to take on extra responsibilities.
  • Be able to work independently and complete tasks without supervision.

Prefect Requirements

  • Aspire to go to university
  • Be a leader and have a positive impact in school and in the wider community
  • Academic achievement and progress must always outstanding
  • Behaviour records must be exemplary, including absence or attendance.
  • Display team working skills and be organised and resourceful.
  • Be polite, honest, reliable, punctual and hardworking.

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