Rigorous process of appointing prefects

Pictured are the senior prefects at Forfar Academy 2011/12, pictured in the school are back l to r - Katherine Duncan, Lisa Crozier, Jack Stirling, Nina Cameron, Kierran Allardice, Alannah Coupar - front - Heather Buchanan, Stuart Shepherd, Sophie McInally, Ryan Hutcheon, Zoe Innes, Jack Lucas
Pictured are the senior prefects at Forfar Academy 2011/12, pictured in the school are back l to r - Katherine Duncan, Lisa Crozier, Jack Stirling, Nina Cameron, Kierran Allardice, Alannah Coupar - front - Heather Buchanan, Stuart Shepherd, Sophie McInally, Ryan Hutcheon, Zoe Innes, Jack Lucas

Senior prefects at Forfar Academy go through a rigorous application process, as teacher Mr B. Martin explains.

Prior to the Easter holidays pupils who are interested in becoming a senior prefect complete a rigorous application form and submit it before the end of term.

The application form asks demanding questions which challenge the pupils and allow the appointments panel to decide which applicants should go through to the interview stage.

Prior to the commencement of study leave, the pupils who have made it through to the interview stage face a panel made up of Mr J. Vannet (depute head teacher), Mr B. Martin (principal teacher pupil care and support) and a house representative from the house the particular applicant is in.

After each interview takes place the panel assesses the interview before interviewing the next candidate.

Pupils who have been particularly successful at the application and interview stage are then invited to undertake a presentation to the rest of their year group and also to all staff at a whole staff meeting in order to be ‘voted for’ as head boy/girl and deputy head boy/girl.

The posts of house captains, pupil council chairperson and charities committee chairperson are then filled.

In putting the new procedures together Mr Martin said: “I wanted a system that was both transparent and robust.

“This way, pupils are challenged to do the very best they can and throughout the process pupils and staff knew exactly what was happening.”