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The role of a prefect is incredibly important to the working life of the whole school and the selection process is rigorous. All prefects have their own individual roles which range from being a Charities Prefect to a Head of House or Head of Year. These roles include leading various different groups, organising whole school events and ensuring that students are motivated and involved. As the Heads of School, we lead the prefect team, provide feedback to the Headmaster and Head of Sixth Form weekly and play an active role in whole school events.
The responsibility of being a prefect enables you to develop and improve upon a multitude of core skills. These include having the confidence to stand up and lead a team, the ability to speak in public and the enthusiasm to motivate other students. The role of a prefect is highly demanding yet incredibly rewarding and something that we would urge all students to aim for in their forthcoming years at Silcoates.
Sam Richards and Jessica West, Heads of School 2020-21
My name is Sam Richards and I am the new Head Boy. I joined in year 7 from Kirkheaton Primary school and have loved every second of it. My brother had joined three years prior and all I wanted to do was to join this amazing school. I have become a Prefect because I wanted to give back to the school that has granted me so many opportunities through my childhood. Through House Music events and the vast amounts of sports on offer. I believe as football is now becoming a more integral part of Silcoates’ School life, that I can help the School go further in competitions than they have before. I plan to continue the work Felix and Cara set last year and will try to guide the School pupils through such uncertain times, offering support where needed and reminding the children of how far 1 meter plus apart actually is. I have been impressed by the former Heads of School and hope to live up to their standards. I would like to be remembered as someone who gave support to everyone when needed and for being a friendly face around the School and approachable by anyone. I would like to support the Headmaster and his vision for the School especially during such challenging times. On leaving Silcoates I plan to study Biomedical Engineering at Sheffield University.
My journey at Silcoates began in 2013 and I am currently studying Economics, Religious Studies and Psychology at A level. Since joining the school in year 5 I have been offered several opportunities ranging from participating in Silcoates does or going on sports tours to Dubai and New York. Throughout my time I have enjoyed a mix of both academic studies, winning business student of the year 2019 awarded by Thomas Combs as well as co-curricular activities in which I was offered netball captain 2 years in a row. These opportunities have allowed me to grow as a person and gain confidence both in and outside of school, being netball captain allowed me to develop leadership skills as well as a sense of teamwork which are skills I intend to use during my time as Head Girl. One of my main reasons as to why I wanted to become Head Girl was because Silcoates has given me so many opportunities and I felt it was right to give something back, I wanted to push myself and improve my leadership skills for a future career in business and management. Next year, I intend to study Business Management, at either the University of Durham or Kings College London, with my ultimate goal of becoming an entrepreneur. For the upcoming year I aim to connect with other year groups to ensure that their needs and wants are evaluated and met to give them the best possible experience at Silcoates so that they too can walk away from school with the skills and confidence needed to achieve their goals. Abbey Crowther, a previous Head Girl, inspired me to become a prefect as her confidence and sense of involvement made me and others feel welcome, comfortable and appreciated. From this, I too want to be remembered as a friendly and welcoming prefect as well as someone who uses their initiative and has a strong will to sort out any issues that are presented.