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The Prefect System, Leadership Roles and Committees

Prefect System

The Prefect System

The prefect system consists of two Head students and Deputy Head students, supported by a team of Senior Prefects and Prefects. These students make a valuable contribution to the school community, support events, leading the Student Parliament and a range of student committees.

All students are encouraged to apply for prefect positions in Year 12 and are selected through a recruitment process that considers the opinions of peers, staff and the senior leadership team.  

The prefect term of office runs from Easter in Year 12 for one year.


Leadership Roles and Opportunities in Sixth Form

Sixth Form Leadership

Beyond the academic rigours of their studies, students are encouraged to undertake leadership and volunteering activities to support the school and wider community. 

In-Lesson Support

Year 12 students provide support for younger peers on a one-to-one basis in a subject of their choice at least once every two weeks. 

Paired Reading

Sixth Form students support Year 7 students who need extra support with reading and literacy skills.

Primary School Support

As part of the Enrichment programme, students work with our local primary schools, supporting both whole classes and individual students.

Volunteering outside School

Students are encouraged to complete 50 hours of volunteering activities throughout Sixth Form to further develop their personal skills and prepare them for life beyond school.


Student Parliament

Student Parliament is run and chaired by the Sixth Form Prefect Team. Students are elected to represent their peers at the Student Parliament on an annual basis. The student representatives have a level of responsibility, representing the views and opinions of their peers. 

Minutes of Student Parliament meetings are carefully considered by the Senior Leadership Team, ensuring student voice influences the strategic development of the school. 


Environment Committee


The Environment Committee works together to meet the objectives of the Eco-Schools global programme. The committee raises environmental awareness and seeks to identify strategies to help the school reduce its carbon footprint.  

For more information please contact our Eco Leader Ms Bevan:


Further information is available on our Eco-Schools page.

Equalities and Student Voice Committee

The Equalities and Student Voice Committee is responsible for 

The prefects supported the School in gaining the Silver Equalities Award and will shortly be helping to work towards the Gold Award.

The student voice prefects play an active role in the Student Parliament and help to chair year group meetings.

The committee are currently in the process of developing a School Newspaper.

House, Charities and Sport Committee

The House, Charities and Sport Committee is responsible for a number of different elements of School life.

The House System.

Prefects help to promote the House system within the School. They assist staff with the organisation of competitions and help to instil the House ethos within the school community.


Prefects help to organise fundraising events for the charities that the School support.

Please click here for full details of the charities, which include:


- CVSS Sailing for people with disabilities, Rickmansworth.

- CW Wildlife Rescue, Rickmansworth 

- Ollie Foundation, St Albans

- Michael Sobell Hospice, Mount Vernon hospital

- Marie Curie Cancer Care

- Many Tears Animal Rescue

- Watford Community Sports & Education Trust

- Watford Foodbank

- Save the Children 

- National Aids Trust

- Royal British Legion

- Young Minds


Prefects work with the Physical Education department to help promote sport and physical wellbeing across the School community.

Social and Leavers Committee

The Social and Leavers Committee is responsible for organising social events throughout the year and also organises the leavers hoodies, yearbook and prom. 

Transition Committee

The Transition Committee is responsible for ensuring Year 7 students have help, support and guidance throughout their first year at Rickmansworth School.

The prefects work with their form groups during Year 6 into 7 Transition Day in the summer term. They then attend tutor time throughout Year 7 and help organise events such as House Sport mornings and fundraising activities.

This committee is also responsible for making sure that any student who joins the Sixth Form in Year 12 settles in well, as they act as buddies for the first half term.

Wellbeing Committee

The Wellbeing Committee is responsible for assisting the School's mental health team, and is concerned with promoting mental health wellbeing throughout the School.

The prefects of this committee often lead whole school assemblies and assist other committees to fundraise for any mental health and wellbeing charities.