Prefects appointed to assist in running of Teesdale School, Barnard Castle (From The Advertiser Series)
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Prefects appointed to assist in running of Teesdale School, Barnard Castle
A TEAM of 20 prefects has been appointed to assist in the running of their school.
The successful students at Teesdale School, Barnard Castle, were all interviewed for the role and had to demonstrate experience of mentoring and leadership.
The idea to appoint prefects came from the students.
Teacher Julie Bissicks, head of the school's Goodall House, said: “Some students were helping to greet visitors at a consultation evening last year and we were chatting about what school was like when I was young.
“I told them about the prefects and what their role was and they asked whether we could start something like that at our school.
“We are always looking for ways to give our students more responsibility so we jumped at the chance to harness their enthusiasm and set about the process right away.”
Prefects at the school have an exclusive common room in the sixth form centre and have worked out their own duty rota to provide extra support for staff on duty at breaks and lunchtimes.
Their uniform is noticeably different, with a solid coloured tie as opposed to the striped tie worn by all other students.
They also wear blazers, edged with their house colours – green for Goodall, red for Newton and blue for Faraday.
The Friends of Teesdale School (FOTS) contributed to the cost of the extra uniform items, with other fundraising making up the difference.
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