Student Leadership

House prefects

Prefects are expected to establish and maintain the highest standards of behaviour, attitude and appearance at all times and provide a positive role model for other pupils. 

The role of Prefect at Bournside is an important one and if chosen, students will be accepting a position of considerable responsibility. It is also a very exciting one and presents an opportunity to develop leadership skills and have an influence on the daily life of the school.

House Prefects

16 per house

Head Prefects 

2 per house  

Sixth Form Prefects

50 sixth-form students

Prefects must:

  • Be a good ambassador for the school
  • Wear their uniform with pride
  • Observe the school rules at all times
  • Maintain an excellent attendance record
  • Maintain a good academic record
  • Maintain a positive behaviour record
  • Be able to encourage and motivate fellow students
  • Be cooperative, helpful, well-mannered, trustworthy, and responsible
  • Be respectful toward teachers, peers, and the school environment
  • Display leadership qualities: confidence, initiative, and problem-solving skills
  • Be willing to take on extra responsibility
  • Be able to work independently and complete tasks without supervision.

House captains

House Captains are appointed to act as leaders and to support the culture and contribution of their House. This might be through the support of assemblies and whole school events (e.g. open evenings), or through the organisation and delivery of House events (e.g. raising the profile of House events among peers, encouraging participation, or organising team entries). House Captains also have a valuable role in the support of extra-curricular clubs.

House captains

10 per house (2 per year group) 

Senior house CAptains

2 per house (Year 13)

Introducing our Senior House Captains for 2022/23 - Cheltenham Bournside School


Student Ministries

Our six Student Ministries make up our School Parliament and are led and run by students, supported by a member of staff. 

Each year an election takes place to elect the student leaders of each Ministry. 

Find out more about the work of the Student Ministries here.

What value might being a House Prefect or House Captain have in the future?

When I see university applications where candidates have been a school prefect it provides me with an assurance that those individuals have been recognised as having excellent leadership skills, acted as a role model for their peers, and can be trusted with elements of responsibility. This gives them an immediate advantage over other similar candidates who may not have taken on a similar role and also demonstrates many of the qualities we look for in university students.

Jordan Wintle, Senior Lecturer University of Gloucestershire

Applying to become a prefect perfectly illustrates the qualities of the student in terms of their ethos and motivation and how they are prepared to put themselves out for the benefit of the whole school. It demonstrates their willingness to take on responsibility, represent our school and to be role models in our school and the wider community.

Mr Warren, Head of Sixth Form

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