Welcome from the Head Boy
The Windsor Boys' School will forever be an invigorating environment. No matter the place, there is always a reminder of the limitless potential we students hold. Whilst lessons may commence at 0 8 55, the school is alive from as early as 6.30 in the morning, where rowers funnel into the gym or onto the river for an intense training session, sure to wake them up. No more than an hour later, the performing arts studio is packed with musicians ready for rehearsal, every day a new ensemble. From 08 55 to 15 05, the school's academic expertise begins to shine, as engaging and interactive teaching is delivered to all students across all subjects and sets. This is enhanced through smaller group sessions more tailored to the individual, as well as extracurricular societies for students eager to dive one level deeper.
At the end of each school day there is a seemingly endless list of opportunities to take part in; from Rugby to Frisbee, to Drama and Choir. This is where the school stands apart from the crowd.Offering a wide variety of clubs at such high calibre provides us students with the chance to build strong friendships, and learn more about ourselves and the futures we aim to pursue.
As I approach the close of my time here, I can confidently say that engaging with the school and broadening my horizons has allowed me to experience and learn more than I ever imagined. I hope you enjoy your time here as much as I have, and I wish you the best of luck for the final part of your journey in education.
For our 2020-2021 term, the team and I decided to focus on revitalising our community, both physically and mentally. We felt it a particularly critical issue now, in the aftermath of a global pandemic, and tried to spread joy wherever we could; we frequently play jazz and carols for the elderly at the local day centre; we competed in the Windsor Lions 2021 Swimathon; we hosted a Macmillan coffee morning open to locals; we have planned a sponsored litter pick. We have so far raised £2,500 for local charities through donut sales, Muftis and running events such as Battle of the Bands. The team also got involved with local groups and events, seeing certain prefects planting flowers for the TVLP Biodiversity Project and others chairing the RBWM youth council.
As a team that experienced two lockdowns, we recognise the paramount importance of social interaction for the human mind. We therefore tried to support the younger years of the school who have been deprived of many extracurricular experiences. We set up posters for each form group offering guidance from a senior prefect of the same house. Equally, we encouraged students to get involved with the vast array of activities the school offers, by setting up "The Uno Animo Board".
Head Boy 2021-2022
Prefect roles become available in Year 12. A handful of impressive boys from each of the eight houses are put forward by their house leader for the Prefect role. Towards the end of Year 12 these boys, as well as any non-prefect, have the opportunity to submit an application for the prestigious role of Senior Prefect. Those shortlisted are required to have an interview with the Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form. A decision is then made on which 18 boys will be made Senior Prefects. The allocation of Deputy Head boy role and the Head Boy role are also the product of this interview. The process is concluded with the "Head Boy's Dinner" in May which marks the handover to the new Head Boy and his team of Prefects.
What does it take to become a Head Boy/Prefect?
The first duty of the Prefect team is to positively represent The Windsor Boys' School. Therefore, it is crucial to contribute to school life as a member of the lower school. Display commitment through representation in the sports teams, involvement with the arts and engagement with student clubs. A Windsor Boys' School Prefect also requires a strong work ethic so academic focus and attainment is an important part of a successful prefect application.
The Structure of the Team
Year 12 prefects: The responsibility of the prefects in year 12 is to be a point of contact and support for year 9 students as well as being on duty around the site during break and lunch times. There are roughly 50 year 12 prefects. Senior prefects take on greater responsibilities. On a basic level the are responsible for the seating of boys in school assemblies and the organisation of the year 12 prefects. However, they also lead new student initiatives, head charity fund raising events and work to make improvements for the wider student body.
Head Boy and Deputy Head Boys: The Head Boy and his deputies meet weekly with the Headteacher and are the point of contact between the Prefect team and the Senior Leadership Team. They lead the Senior Prefect Team and oversee the year 12 prefects. Also, the Head Boy speaks at the school open evening and speech day.