It is very easy to think that something that is familiar to you is familiar to everyone, this is very often not the case, especially in the international environment of blogging. Almost anyone from the UK would know what a Prefect is but there are many countries that do not have this post in their schools. THIS POST from July 2008 was an attempt to clarify things for people who do not know much of UK school culture.
As a result of a posting at The Spanking Spot and some comments on that posting it has become clear that there are many people in the world who are not aware of what a school prefect is. As “prefect” is part of the name that I write this blog under and understanding the concept of what a prefect is, is essential if you want to be able to follow whats going on in many fantasy British school spanking scenes, I thought I would have a go at explaining the concept.
A basic description
A prefect is one of the older pupils in a British school (usually a sixth former from 16 to 19 years old) who has been given power and duties concerning the monitoring and control of pupils not awarded this post. This is in order to lighten the load in the teaching staff and instill a sense of responsibility and order amongst the pupils. Wikipedia has a description of a school prefect about half way down this page Prefect – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Being a prefect, my real life experience and the fantasy version
I was a prefect in a state school (Comprehensive) in the 1980’s.
In a state school being a prefect was not glamorous at all, I had to give up one or two lunch breaks a week to perform playground monitoring duties for the younger kids. If a teacher needed a free worker to get things done you could be kept after school to lug this, build that or help out with whatever. The most icky duty, that I hated the most, was being called up without notice to escort some vomity sick annoying little kid down to see the school nurse, usually spending the rest of the day stinking of someone else’s vomit. Being a prefect in my school was so unpopular that it was compulsory, if you where chosen. Sixth formers are older than the minimum age for leaving school in the UK and the philosophy of “If you don’t like it you can leave” was thrown in your face if you tried to get out of doing prefect duties. Even before the ban on CP in UK schools I have never heard of a UK state school that allowed it’s prefects to administer corporal punishment.
In the fantasy version you take an older pupil like the one illustrated above (photograph courtesy Spanked Schoolgirl) and give them a prefect’s badge and the responsibilities and powers that go with it. These responsibilities and powers are loosely based on the prefects from boarding schools in the earlier part of the 20TH century. In many of these schools, at this time, prefects where allowed to administer corporal punishment. Some teachers, in some schools, who did not like administering corporal punishment themselves, would deputize a prefect to do it for them. Not all sixth formers are chosen as prefects meaning that a prefect could end up punishing a pupil the same age as them or even a little older.
The down side of this was that the prefect was supposed to set a good example for other pupils. If they transgressed the rules themselves they could expect to be punished in a far more harsh manner than the other pupils. If they objected to this their only option was “If you don’t like it you can leave.”
Picture from HD Spank.
This varied from school to school but to give a general idea it went something like this.
Head girl/boy – Top of the tree, usually appointed by the Headmaster/mistress to control all the other prefects.
House Captain – Head prefect for their house.
Senior prefect – a prefect with superior powers and responsibilities than a normal prefect.
Prefect – Well yea a prefect.
Sub prefect – Very often a fifth former being tried out as a prefect, to see if they would be suitable once they became a sixth former.
Hope this helped those not familiar with the history of the British school system.
And this is a Ford Prefect, not the same thing at all, but what comes up over and over again if you search for prefect in Google’s picture section.