As a culture, Starehe is based on a stronghold of student leadership with the hierarchy ranging from the School Captain (Code 001), her two deputies (code 002), Captains (Code 003), Senior Prefects (Code 004), Prefects (Code 005 – plain badges) and Sub-prefects (badgeless position). They all have different roles to play in serving the school. They are currently collectively known as the Student Council. The Student Council are elected by the students, with wide participation by the teaching and non-teaching staff.
The Student Council receives leadership training from professionals to gain skills for effective handling of the school both as students and as leaders. The whole aim of the establishment of this Council was to give teachers adequate time to handle academic work for excellent results. It also gives the students a chance to develop personal skills in leadership.