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A pupil in their final year of secondary school who is granted special status and given responsibilities such as monitoring the behaviour of younger pupils. It is a system which originated in independent schools in the 19th century, where prefects were often given the power to discipline younger pupils. A prefect system still operates in many independent schools and some maintained schools. Prefects are usually selected by the head teacher and senior staff, and a head boy and/or head girl is often appointed from among the prefects chosen.

Subjects: Education.

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