At High March, we actively seek to develop leadership skills and responsibility in our pupils; these in turn strengthen the core of good behaviour, responsibility and sense of community.
Each role which a pupil might undertake during her time at High March has a job description which sets out the duties involved and highlights the key criteria required for each role. At the end of their time in the role, pupils are asked to reflect on their job, for example, how they felt it went and what new skills they felt they had acquired. An example of the types of roles undertaken are: Line Leader, a ‘Buddy’ for a new pupil, the Form’s Food Council Representative or Eco Council Representative etc. Jobs may be weekly, half-termly or termly.
In Year 6 all pupils are given a prefect role which lasts throughout the year. All prefect roles have equal importance and status and they give girls the opportunity to learn new skills, demonstrate responsible behaviour and to give something back to the School community. The annual prefect roles are: Head Girl, Games Captain, Swimming Captain, Junior Road Safety Officer, Art Prefect, Drama Prefect, Eco Prefect, Librarian, Music Prefect, NSPCC Prefect and Science Prefect.
The roles of House Captain and Vice-Captain are elected positions and pupils must stand for election and be voted for by their peers. Other positions are allocated by the Headmistress and staff according to what is felt would play to the pupils’ strengths or interests.
In addition, all girls in Year 6 will take a turn at being a Play Watch Prefect; these girls have a responsibility in the playground for making sure that everyone is included in the various activities and games which are being pursued.