Head Girl & Boy
The Primary Head Boy and Girl are selected every year by the Head of Primary in consultation with Primary teachers. Two students from Year 6 are chosen based on their demonstration of the Learner Profile Attributes, their commitment to their learning and their leadership skills. The Primary Head Boy and Girl are given specific roles throughout the Year, including speaking in assembly, leading the PY Student Council and meeting with guests who visit the school.
The Head Boy and Head Girl roles are a prestigious opportunity for students in Year 12. The role counts towards CAS requirements for the IB Diploma and provides students with experience in a leadership role, which universities look favourably upon when looking at applicants. Year 12 students can earn this role through an application letter and interview with the Headmaster and the Secondary Management team. The Head Girl and Head Boy help out at parental information evenings and provide the student perspective. They also manage the student council and are the ‘voice’ of the secondary student body, evaluating student proposals and initiatives. This provides them with valuable management experience – setting agendas, time management, minuting meetings and appraising student ideas for cost, health and safety, staff and resources required and how compatible student proposals are with Ascot’s values and mission. Additionally, they manage the school prefects, who are Year 10 students who have volunteered to help teachers supervise at break and lunchtimes.
In Ascot Primary, the Prefects and Vice Prefects represent each of the four school houses. These Prefects and Vice Prefects are chosen through a voting system, where children sign up to give a speech to the other students in their house and are voted into their positions by their peers. Prefects can be chosen from Years Four, Five and Six and are given specific leadership duties throughout the year, including participating in the Primary Student Council and supporting the students throughout the primary school.
The Prefects are school leaders and responsible role models, helping our community to be a safe, happy place with dignity and respect. It is a role which helps to build maturity and soft skills such as empathy, emotional intelligence and negotiation.
Prefects are students from Year 10, chosen by interview with the Assistant Head of Pastoral care in the secondary school. They work in pairs and have one duty day per week at break and lunch time. The prefects are managed by the Head Boy and Head Girl and will check in with the member of staff on their duty day. Prefects can be distinguished by their green enameled prefect badges and help to monitor the cafeteria and school grounds during break and lunchtimes. The prefects are a firm and friendly presence and, where safe and appropriate, they help to moderate, solve and prevent student problems and disagreements. where these may arise. If prefects spot any safety issue, one of the pair of prefects will immediately alert the member of staff on duty. They are valuable members of the Ascot community, embodying our values of communication, collaboration and respect.
Ascot’s Primary Student council is made up of our Head Students, Prefects, Vice Prefects and specially selected Year 3 Representatives. Being part of the student council is a privileged position which requires a lot of responsibility from the students. The Student Council bring important issues from their peers to the weekly meetings and discuss solutions, answer questions submitted by students, decide upon and organise charity days each term and are called upon to be school leaders at every opportunity.
Ascot’s secondary student council are valuable members of the school community as the ‘voice’ of the secondary student body. One student is chosen by each form class in Years 7 to 10 as their representative on the student council. The student councillors gather ideas, proposals and concerns from their class and bring these to the student council meeting. Examples of proposals are school events that raise money for charity or help the local community. The council meets every week and is chaired by the Head Boy and Head Girl, who will evaluate ideas and proposals and bring these to their meeting with the Head of Secondary and Assistant Head of Pastoral Care. The student councillors gain valuable experience in conducting meetings, active listening, reviewing proposals and providing sensitive feedback. They play a vital role in ensuring that all students have a voice and a means of communicating their thoughts, concerns and proposals to the school management.
Global Goals Reps
In Primary, Ascot students are encouraged to look into global issues as part of the PYP written curriculum. This allows Ascot students to make connections to the global goals and learn about them. This can be included in a topic about ‘migration’ or in one of our P4C lessons, culminating with strong links during our PYP Exhibition in Year 6.
Ascot secondary students are working towards taking positive action to help achieve the United Nation’s Global Goals by 2030. The three main aims of the UN Global Goals are to:
1) Reduce extreme poverty
2) Fight inequalities and..
3) Protect the planet.
The Global Goals Ambassadors and Eco-Warriors work closely with their peers to ensure that we take positive personal and local community actions towards such important global issues. Years 7 to 9 students take part in the annual Global Social Leaders competition, whereby they plan and implement specific action projects in order to work towards achieving the Global Goals. Students are given the chance to develop leadership skills whilst realising that they can have positive impacts on the world around them. Students gain an awareness of the power that small scale personal and community