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Head Boy/Girl, House Captains & 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 Upperby we believe that all of the roles of responsibility (Head Boy/Girl, House Captain & Prefect) have very important roles to play in the day to day organisation of our school and as only Year Six pupils are allowed to apply for these positions, it is considered to be very prestigious.  They are, in a sense, junior members of staff and are expected to take their roles seriously.


The positions not only allow the Year Six pupils to lead by example and demonstrate their responsibility, it also enables the younger children to learn from a good example.


Each child is given the opportunity to apply for the jobs that they would like to be considered for and their applications then go through a selection process.  Whilst the Head Boy/Girl and School Council members are chosen democratically by children, the senior staff identify and encourage suitable children to apply for House Captain and Prefect positions.  


Once their application has been successful, the roles are announced in a whole school assembly.

Roles and Responsibilities


All children who have a role 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.


The head boy and head girl main role is to support the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team in promoting and representing the school.  Some duties include:

  • Representing the school at certain events
  • Making speeches promoting the school
  • Showing visitors round
  • Meeting with house captains / school council /prefects





House Captain duties include:

  • being responsible for promoting their School House, within the school community.
  • representing their house in assemblies
  • working with staff to arrange inter-house events and charity events
  • acting as a positive role model


Prefect duties include:

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


All roles are monitored throughout the year and children will be offered rewards each term if they have carried out their duties well.