We aim to involve pupils in all aspects of school leadership and to provide multiple opportunities for them to influence the life of the school.
The apex of this system is the Pupil Leadership Team (PLT). They are chosen via a rigorous application and interview process and their role; they lead the wider prefect team, represent the school at public events and act as a bridge between the pupils and senior staff. This year, they have chosen Pupil Health as their theme and they are leading a number of initiatives in this area.
The PLT is supported by around 50 Senior Prefects and up to 200 Prefects. Year 10 pupils apply for prefect-status and have to demonstrate their commitment to the values of the school and their aptitude for supporting those values. Senior Prefects are linked to lower school tutor groups where they support the tutor and act as role models.
There are many other positions of responsibility for pupils. We have House Captains, House Reps, Sports Team Captains, Pupil Librarians, Peer Supporters, Kings’ Readers and Year and School Council reps. This last group acts as the consultative body for the pupils as a whole – we have half-termly Year Council meetings which feed into the larger School Council.
It is also worth mentioning that our pupils hold many positions of responsibility in the wider community. Two of the UK Youth Parliament members for the Winchester constituency have been Kings’ School pupils in recent years, while our pupils are also well-represented in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and the Army and Police Cadets (all of which have units at our school) and in Scouts/Guides, drama groups, sports teams and other youth organisations.
The structure of the School Council has changed. From now on, each tutor group will elect 2 representatives to report to a Year Council. Representatives from each Year Council will elect 2 representatives to sit in the School Council. The aim of these changes is to make the School Council structure more meaningful for both the School and for pupils. Issues linked to each year group can be discussed at length, clarified and explained by the Heads of Year and agreed upon before going to the full School Council.