Pupils are encouraged to take roles of responsibility and leadership from Year 7 up.
Prefects and House Captains
Year 13 students are invited to stand for election for the post of Prefects and House Captains each year. The appointment of 14 Prefects, including Head Girl and two Deputy Head Girls, and 12 House Captains is decided by votes cast by pupils and staff.
Prefects take up particular responsibilities and duties for social, charity and environmental matters around school. House Captains, meanwhile lead, organise, motivate and support their Houses in the many House competitions which take place over the course of the year.
Pupils can approach any member of staff if they have a concern. In addition, there is also a more formal channel for pupils to voice ideas and draw attention to issues of importance. Walthamstow Hall’s School Council is long established and has an important status. The School Council meets once every term under the chairmanship of the Head Girl and is attended by Prefects, representatives from every Form, the Headmistress and Deputy Head. Meetings are formal with proposals submitted in advance, all proposals given due consideration and minutes posted for all pupils to see.
Twelve Year 11 Peer Mentors are appointed each year. These pupils are available to provide support and practical advice to younger pupils.
From Year 7, and throughout their time at Senior School, pupils are elected as Form Captains and Deputies. New Captains are elected by their peers each term, their badges are assigned by the Headmistress and they are given a job description to follow, their main task being to assist their Form Tutor in the smooth running of the Form.
Year 8 students act as ‘buddies’ for incoming Year 7 pupils. Each Year 8 pupil is assigned a new pupil, who will be in the same school House. They introduce themselves by sending an individual letter of welcome during the Summer Term before the new Year 7s start and then ‘watch out for’ and offer support during their Year 7’s first year at Senior School.