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School Prefects

At John Burns we believe that prefects have a very important role to play in the day to day organisation of our school and as only Year 6 pupils are allowed to apply for this position, it is considered to be very prestigious.  

Prefects are, in a sense, junior members of staff and are expected to take their role seriously.

The position not only allows the Year 6 pupils to lead by example and demonstrate their responsibility, it also enables the younger children to learn from a good example.

Every prefect has to apply for the job and their applications go through a selection process. Whilst the School Council members are chosen democratically by children, the senior staff identify and encourage suitable children to apply for a prefect position.

Once their application has been successful, prefects are awarded badges in a whole school assembly and also given a prefect badge to wear.

John Burns prefects must lead by example at all times in their behaviour, the respect they show to others and their school uniform. They take on many roles and have many responsibilities, such as:

  • Helping to set up the hall for assemblies and managing the audio and visual features in assemblies
  • Contributing to the school newsletter
  • Encouraging children to walk up and down the corridors and stairs calmly and quietly
  • Working with classes during wet break times
  • Showing visitors around the school
  • Opening and closing school community events, e.g. Harvest Festival/Prize Giving Evening
  • Assisting with PTA events
  • Improving the school grounds and recycling

The Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl meet with the Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher regularly to discuss school developments. 

Prefect Newsletter 

Take a look at our new, fortnightly pupil newsletter: 

 Issue 15 - 22/09/23

Pupil Podcast 21/12/23

Pupil Podcast - 28/03/24

Prefect Team 

The Prefect Team is as follows:

Head Boy – Tobias Mclaren 

Hello, my name is Toby and I have been a pupil at John Burns Primary School for two years. Last year, I was a part of the School Council. This year, I am Head Boy.

I would describe John Burns Primary School as a very special place. It is great to see children representing the school values and to encourage and support them to do this.

During my time at John Burns, I have had many opportunities. Once I was chosen to represent the school at a hockey tournament where we won the trophy for Sportsmanship. I also had the opportunity to attend sessions on Saturdays at Thomas’ Battersea. We had three lessons each time, and also took part in musical activities and games. 

My ambition for the future is to become a footballer or a pilot as I love exploring new places.

In my role as a Prefect, I cannot wait to make a great difference to the school and look forward to the year ahead.

Head Girl – Leona Frisby

Hello, my name is Leona Frisby and I am ten-years-old. I have been a pupil at John Burns since I was in Reception and I have had a fantastic time at the school.

One thing that I love about the school is that everyone is kind and caring. The staff at the school help to support the children in their studies and to live out the school motto.

My favourite subject is maths because I like to be challenged; I’m fascinated with all the equations and questions. I also enjoy art and P.E.

I am so excited and honoured to have been chosen as Head Girl at John Burns. I aim to support and encourage others to show all of the six school values, be helpful to all of the students and represent the school well. I am looking forward to carrying out my various roles and responsibilities as Head Girl to the best of my ability. I am looking forward to working with all the Prefects. Together, we will all try our best and achieve our highest!

Deputy Head Boy - Tauheed Loon

Hello, my name is Tauheed and I am Deputy Head Boy at the school.

I have been a pupil at John Burns Primary School since I was in Year 1, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the school. My favourite activities include football and basketball, and my favourite lessons are maths, English and science.

I am very excited about the opportunity to be a pupil leader at the school. In my role as a Prefect, I would like to make changes to the school and get involved with charity work. This is important to me as I would like to help people in need.

My favourite event at the school is the Summer Fair. It is a fun-filled day where you are able to buy things and play games.

I am looking forward to taking on such an important role.

Deputy Head Girl – Ebony Kimberley

Hello, my name is Ebony and I have been a pupil at John Burns for six years. My favourite subjects are: English, science and art. Art is my favourite lesson because you have the opportunity to express yourself when you create new projects, and use a variety of techniques and materials.

John Burns is a unique school because it has its very own school values. I currently have three school value badges.

As well as being a Prefect, I am an Anti-Bullying Ambassador. In this role, I support children who are experiencing bullying behaviours and have attended training. I have also been made a Digital Leader. I am really looking forward to these leadership opportunities.

In my role as a Prefect, I am looking forward to helping teachers and rewarding children throughout the school.

Kaydee-Anne Gardner-Martin

My name is Kaydee-Anne and I am 10-years-old. I have been at John Burns for seven years and have made some brilliant memories during my time at the school. I hope to create more this year.

I am very glad that I have been selected as a Prefect as I am ready to take on more responsibility. During my time at John Burns, I have performed in many class assemblies, Christmas plays and more. I have really enjoyed this opportunity to show my character and develop my acting skills.

If I could describe the learning atmosphere at John Burns in a sentence, it would be ‘an organized place for teaching and learning’. My favourite lesson is history because we are able to learn about the way that past societies, systems, governments, cultures and technologies were built. We are also able to learn about  how they operated and consider how they have changed. In this role, I would like to help children to develop their learning and build friendships at playtime. 

Poppy Tye

Hello, my name is Poppy and I have been in this school since joining Nursery. I have made some amazing memories at John Burns Primary School that I will not forget. I have had the best time here.

John Burns Primary School is an amazing place where you get to experience fantastic trips and experiences. When I was in Year 5, we got to perform at the Royal Albert Hall as part of Wandsworth Music’s Brighter Sounds concert.

My favourite subject in school is R.E. because I like to learn about other religions. So far in Year 6 in R.E., we have been learning about Judaism.

This year, I hope to encourage students to try their hardest and never give up. In the future, I would like to be a Doctor, Vet or Detective.

Olivia Liu

My name is Olivia and I have been a pupil at John Burns Primary School since Nursery. My favourite things about the school are having the opportunity to earn and collect gold tokens, reading and studying new books, and weekly swimming lessons.

My favourite lesson is maths because I am good with numbers and enjoy solving problems. I also enjoy learning ballet outside of school and play the piano and violin.

In my spare time, I enjoy drawing and sketching. I usually draw animals, shapes, buildings and cartoons. I also like to complete word searches and go on nature walks. 

This year, I would like to bring new ideas to the Prefect Team and encourage other children to be resilient. I am looking forward to working with the team and hope I will build courage and confidence in the role.

Shani Blair 

Hello, my name is Shani. I hope that I will be a good Prefect as I hope to bring my ideas to life and help make the school an even better place.

I joined the school in Reception. One of my favourite memories of my time at John Burns is going to the Royal Albert Hall in Year 5.

My favourite subject is art. I enjoy drawing and using different paints. We have lots of resources at the school, such as watercolours, acrylic paints and printing plates. This has helped me to create portraits of Battersea Power Station and people. 

In my role as a Prefect, I am most looking forward to helping others to learn and be kind to one another.