Pupils at Sherborne House have the opportunity to take on roles of responsibility throughout their time in the Prep school. It is important that children have the opportunity to learn the value of leadership and responsibility. Some roles are applied for, some are voted on by peers and others are nominated and voted for by staff.
Each form puts forward two members of the School Council. These positions are voted for by their peers within their form classes. The council members hold the position for the academic year, allowing them the opportunity to develop their communication skills, both whilst in council meetings, raising issues and in the classroom, reporting back to their form what was discussed.
Each of the three school houses; Oaks, Pines, and Beeches, have two pupil Heads of House. These are Year 6 pupils who are appointed by the Head and hold the position for the entire academic year. Their role is to assist with the organisation of the children within the house at house events, including Sports Day and various Inter House Competitions. As well as this, they are responsible for counting up the amount of house points awarded to pupils in their house each week. House point tokens are added to house bowls, which are kept on display in the main house. Also as part of their role, House Captains are expected to drive the accumulation of house points for their house.
Children, while in the final term of Year 5, can apply to become a Prefect. The applications are submitted to the Deputy Head and Head.
All pupils with an additional role or responsibility are, on occasion, expected to give up their time for meetings or tasks. All children that hold a position of responsibility are expected to fulfil the role to the best of their ability. We, as a school, look to these children as leaders and role models to their peers.
Finally, we look to our leaders to propose changes and improvements in the way the system operates. All ideas proposed are considered, to investigate their benefit to the children.