Head girl and head boy

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The head boy and head girl of Leicester Grammar School, 2024

Head boy and head girl are student leadership roles in schools, representing the school's entire student body. They are normally the most senior prefects in the school. The terms are commonly used in the British education system as well as in schools throughout the Commonwealth. Some schools use alternative, gender-neutral titles such as school captain[1] or head pupil.[2]

Head boys and head girls are usually responsible for representing the school at events, and will make public speeches.[3] They also serve as a role model for students, and may share pupils' ideas with the school's leadership. They may also be expected to lead fellow prefects in their duties. Deputy head boys and girls may also be appointed. Head girls for example may have to do charity events like bake sales, speak in assemblies, help out in parents evenings, year 6 transition and open days at school.

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  1. ^ "Being human - School Captain of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo".
  2. ^ "Is it time to get rid of head girls and boys?". the Guardian. 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2021-10-16.
  3. ^ "Head boy definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary". www.collinsdictionary.com. Retrieved 2021-10-16.