Both the 15-year-olds are honoured and very excited at this new challenge. Emma, from Bollington, who eventually wants to read either Law or English at university, said: "As school captain, I see myself as the link between teachers and students of all ages. I am a role model for younger years and someone who should be trusted by others. I want to be seen as a person who anyone can talk to, ask questions of and see as a friend.

"As I am hoping to become a barrister, I am looking forward  to improving my public speaking and hopefully I should start to find talking and presenting to students and teachers far less daunting." Those pupil speaking duties will include addressing future pupils and parents at the school’s Open Events later this term and next academic year.

Emma added with a smile: "It goes without saying that I am deeply honoured and I cannot wait to start and to further develop the changes that have already been made by previous school captains."

James, from Knutsford, who is both a hugely talented sportsman and musician and wants to read Computer Science at university, said: "I am excited to be representing King's at internal and external events and want to encourage younger pupils to participate in extra-curricular activities, just as I have done."

"It is an honour to be given this role and having the support of the Vice Captains has made me confident for the year to come."

They will be supported by the two Vice Captains (Academic) Adeline An and Ross Hallinan, and by Vice Captains (Extra-Curricular) Talia Clark and Henry Gouge.

King's Head, Jason Slack, said: "School captaincy is an important role and we believe it helps shape individuals into team players and leaders. All the staff very much enjoy working with the student leadership team and appreciate their time and efforts."