First ever prefects picked at academy

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A number of students in Ripley have been selected to become ambassadors for their school after being handed the prestigious role of prefect.

A select group of 40 pupils at Ripley Academy, made up of 20 students in Year 10 and 20 students in Year 11, have been given the title, which will see them helping out at academy events and acting as mentors for younger children.

Helen Fozard, Vice Principal at the school, said she was proud of the students who had put themselves forward to be prefects.

She said: “This is the first time that we have appointed prefects because we felt it was the right time to give students more responsibility. The students who have been awarded the role have really risen to the challenge.

“They have already done a fantastic job helping out at our open evenings, where they were great ambassadors for The Ripley Academy.

“They will also act as mentors for our younger students who will be able to talk to the prefects about any issues that they might have.”

Kerry Brown, assistant principal at Ripley Academy, said the prefects were enjoying their roles.

She said: “They are given duties such as checking that students are wearing the correct uniform and making sure that students are conducting themselves in an appropriate manner between lessons as well as supporting the duty staff at lunchtimes.”

The students had to apply to be prefects and write about why they thought they would be suitable for the role.

Prefect Becky Bentley, 15, said: “The idea is that we will act as role models for the other students.

“We have to help out the younger children which is something that I really wanted to do.

“All the prefects are really enjoying their roles.”

Student Grace Hewitt, 15, said she was really benefitting from being a prefect.

She said: “I think it will improve my confidence and I love talking to the younger children. We are hoping to support the academy’s Eco-Club and we will also be helping out at events.”