Horndean Technology College elects talented twins, 15, as head boy and girl
TALENTED twins have just been elected head boy and girl at school.
Year 11 pupils Martin and Wendy Lloyd, both 15, were chosen by their peers to become the first brother and sister to take on the prestigious roles at Horndean Technology College.
Headteacher Julie Summerfield said it was the first case of twins being head boy and girl she knew about.
Delighted Martin said: ‘I’m really proud myself and my sister have been elected and I don’t think it has ever happened before at this school.
‘We know each other’s strengths so well and we can’t wait to work together.’
Wendy, who was born two minutes before Martin, added: ‘It was amazing when we got the call to tell us we’d been elected - my parents are so proud. I’m really happy both of us have the opportunity to do this together.’
The dedicated duo had to put together a poster campaign to canvas support, as well as produce a video and speech delivered to all year groups outlining their plans for the roles.
After creating a virtual video tour of the school for prospective Year 6 parents and students unable to attend in person due to Covid restrictions, Martin and Wendy are now turning their attention to tackling the mental health problems in the pandemic.
Wendy said: ‘It has been quite overwhelming coming back to school and the pandemic has really brought young people’s mental health problems and anxieties to the fore.
‘We are hoping to introduce a time-out system where students struggling in lessons can take some time to speak to the prefect team.
Martin added: ‘Six months out of school and not knowing how exams are going to be assessed has made it difficult for some people to adjust. We want to support pupils with their anxieties to help them feel better.’
Headteacher Mrs Summerfield, believes the twins will prove to be ‘exceptional role models’.
She said: ‘I’m very proud and couldn’t wish for better students to represent the college at this difficult time.’
Student Voice lead Layla Funnel, added: ‘I’ve been here 14 years and this is the first time I’ve known a brother and sister to be elected. They are perfect role models.’
The talented twins have already taken three of their GCSEs a year early and while they’re looking forward to their new roles they still have the usual teenage sibling disagreements.
Wendy said: ‘We are really close but there are some disagreements – sometimes Martin does play his guitar too loud.’