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The Pupil Voice: Prefects and School Council

School Prefects at Dover College are a group of approximately 12 pupils, selected from the Upper Sixth year group. They are appointed to the post by the Headmaster, following a combination of staff recommendations and interview process. School Prefects are selected for their suitability to undertake the various tasks expected of them and are awarded positions with specific responsibilities, which play to their individual strengths.

They meet weekly as a group with the Deputy Head Pastoral and Head of Sixth Form. The two Heads of School (one Boy and one Girl) also have a weekly meeting with the Deputy Head Pastoral. Our Prefects are chosen on the basis of being capable but not arrogant, caring and acutely aware of the need to encourage harmonious community living by being positive role models.

Prefects are critical to the smooth running of the school.  They supervise a number of activities such as chapel services, lunch times and assist with hosting major external and internal events. Most importantly, they are the interface between the pupil body and the staff.  All Prefects are inducted in key leadership skills, learning to listen and to represent the pupil body regarding issues, concerns or areas of improvement. They also receive basic safeguarding awareness training. 

In addition, each House has a Head of House and team of prefects. These are senior boys or girls selected from the Sixth form who are responsible for supporting the house staff with the welfare of the pupils within the house. They work very closely with their respective Housemaster or Housemistress.                                                            

We place pupils at the heart of the community and we consider it essential that they are able to share their views with staff. There is a structured house tutorial system as well as informal methods of communication with the Housemaster, Tutor, Medical Centre, Chaplain, Deputy Head Pastoral, Heads of School or Prefects. Pupils can always find someone to discuss their questions or concerns.

The School Council offers a voice for all pupils. Members are elected from within their own houses to provide a forum for debate and improvements across the school and to participate in democratic decision making. It is chaired by one of the Senior Prefects and the fortnightly meeting is attended by the Deputy Head Pastoral. Minutes are published in every house for all to see.

House Councils are also active for boarders to express their views to the Housemaster, to suggest activities and improvements that can be made throughout the house. The Head of House chairs the meetings and the Assistant Housemaster attends these meetings too. Minutes are discussed with the Housemaster for consideration and feedback to be given to the whole house.

We also have a Food Committee, chaired by the Deputy Head Pastoral, which has Day and Boarding pupil representation from each house. This Committee encourages pupil participation and provides a platform for issues to be discussed, improvements to be suggested and to give feedback to our Catering Manager, who also attends the twice per term meetings.