Becoming a Prefect
Year 9 Prefect Application 2022-2023
Application for Year 11 Senior Council
At The Westgate School, we are very proud of our Pupil Leadership opportunities. Pupil leaders are the very best ambassadors for the school and are the embodiment of our core principles and values. Pupil leaders are often called on to lead at school events such as Open Evening and Partners in Learning Evenings as well as supporting concerts, Year 6 Taster Days, Summer Camp and a wide range of other school events.
Pupils may become a Prefect from the Summer Term of Year 9, and they may also apply to join the Senior Council in the Spring Term of Year 10.
Our current Senior Council Leaders are:
Head Pupil All Through - Jacob
Head Boy - Jonathan
Head Girl - Phoebe
Deputy Head Pupil All Through - Izzy
Deputy Head Boy - Theo
Deputy Head Girl - Jemima
Applications to become part of the Senior Leadership team for the next year, open in February, including Head Boy, Head Girl and Head Pupil All Through.
Becoming a Prefect
To become a prefect, pupils from Years 9,10 and 11 may apply during the Spring Term. The qualities needed to be a prefect at The Westgate School are:
Integrity means honesty and more. It refers to having strong internal guiding principles that one does not compromise. It means treating others as you would wish to be treated. Integrity promotes trust, and not much is accomplished without trust.
Communication refers to both interpersonal communications between the individual and others both in the team and across the school community. A good leader needs to be proficient in both the communication that informs and actively listen to others.
3. Relationship building
Relationships develop good interpersonal and group communications. A leader who likes dealing with people, who can initiate and deepen relationships with others, has a great leadership advantage. This is a leader who can build a team and build up trust among the team.
The ability to influence others and cause them to move in a particular direction is a highly important skill in leadership. An ability to be persuasive is directly related to how much people trust you and how good your communication and relationships are.
Adaptability and flexibility in not being bound by a plan are important success factors. A leader must move easily from one set of circumstances (the plan) to the next (if the plan is not going as expected) and take them all in their stride, even when the circumstances are unexpected. The good leader has to embrace change and see it as opportunity.
Teamwork is an important and often neglected part of being a prefect. Our community has a team of prefects who are part of and leaders within the school. No one person can do it all. That’s why a team, comprised of others with different skill sets, is essential. A leader must know how to build and nurture such a team.
A leader must be able to wade through information, comprehend what is relevant, make a well-considered decision, and take action based on that decision. Once a team decision has been made the individual must fully support the group in carrying out the actions related.
School Council and Other Pupil Leadership Opportunities
There are so many other opportunities to develop Pupil Leadership skills at The Westgate School. As well as our prefect team, our House system requires House Captains for each of the four Houses: Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Tutor Captains are also elected for each tutor group. Along with Senior Prefects, tutor captains sit on the School Council which meet every half term. Representatives from ECO Group, Charity Group, Curriculum Group and Well- Being Group are also invited to join the school council, so that a range of views from the pupil community are expressed and shared using this democratic forum.
The Pupil Curriculum Group meets regularly to talk with teachers to reflect on the received curriculum. Pupils are also invited to discuss their perspectives on the received curriculum during Faculty Review Fortnights. Pupils' views are taken into account when faculty leaders review their curriculum design.
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