School Prefects

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 Crowland 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, junior members of staff 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. There are however two points of application during the year to allow all children to gain the experience of the additional responsibilities and privileges that come with this very important job.

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 and also given a prefect’s blazer to wear.

Roles and responsibilities

Crowland 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:

  • Helping to set up the hall for assemblies and managing the sound and lighting during assemblies
  • Contributing to the school newsletter
  • Organising recycling
  • Encouraging children to walk up and down the stairs calmly and quietly
  • Working with classes during wet break times
  • Showing visitors around the school
  • Assisting at school fairs and events
  • Helping in the dining hall

Of course, prefects are offered privileges which include, being allowed to be indoors when they wish, work as mentors with other children, and fortnightly meetings with the headteacher and deputy headteacher for tea and cakes!

Pupils from Year 6 may be added to the current group of prefects as the year goes on, the list is never closed.

The Head Boy and Head Girl meet with the Headteacher/deputy headteacher regularly to discuss school developments. A Year 6 member of staff works with the Head Boy and Girl to timetable prefect responsibilities.

Peer Mediators

Our peer mediation organisation is an alternative to traditional disciplinary structures and helps the school become a safer place. The goal of a peer mediator is to reduce conflict and provide children with problem-solving skills.

Trained peer mediators create a safe atmosphere, allowing disputing students to tell their stories and assisting them in working out a mutually acceptable agreement. Since a solution is not forced on the students, the disputants feel empowered to take responsibility for their actions and to deal constructively with their immediate and future disagreements.

The conflicts resolved through peer mediation include disputes such as friendship issues, verbal harassment, spreading rumours, physical aggression  and other bullying behaviours.