Postitions of Responsibility
At Copthorne there is a large scope for pupils to gain positions of responsibility.
Head of School
These are decided upon by both staff and pupils and take into account a pupils academic, social and moral contribution to the school. In year 7 they also go on a leadership field trip where they are observed working together in unfamiliar surroundings. The Heads of School are announced at the beginning of each academic year. They are expected to fulfil many duties, but their main duty is to be seen as a good role model for the rest of the school. The Heads of the School wear a distinctive Copthorne tie with red and yellow stripes as opposed to the red worn by the rest of the school.
Prefects are decided upon in a similar way to the Heads of the School. They can be chosen throughout the year and are awarded to pupils in year 8. They perform many duties and have weekly ‘prefects supper’ with the Deputy Head. Prefects wear a different tie to the rest of school to represent their position of responsibility; their tie is black and red stripes.
All pupils in year 8 are monitors and have duties such as; wet break duty and lunch queue. If pupils perform well in these roles they may be promoted to prefects.
These are elected within the four houses; Newton, Sale, Rendall and Workman. They are responsible for giving speeches if their House has won a shield and also organising teams for Inter House events. They will wear a badge in their house colour to denote their status.
Each Tutor group in years 3-8 elects a Form Captain who sits on the council for that term. These pupils attend 2 School Council meetings where they discuss with the Head Master and Pastoral Care Coordinator any ideas/thoughts that their Tutor group want raised. The Head Mater and PCC will then report back to them in the later part of the term to inform them of the progress they have made. Each term a new form captain is elected.