House System


The House System is designed to embody the values and ethos of the school and aims to be an integral part of our school community. In time it is our ambition that the House Captains and the School Council will work together creating a stronger pupil voice to motivate students and further the community spirit of the school.

House System Objectives:

Our aim is to provide every pupil in each house with the following:

  • a sense of belonging within the school community
  • opportunities to develop social, intellectual, physical and practical skills
  • a sense of achievement both inside and outside of the classroom
  • fun and excitement through competition
  • opportunities for leadership
  • an awareness of individual and collective responsibility

House Organisation

Pupils are assigned to one of the four houses on entrance to the school in Year 7 where they remain until the end of 6th form; where possible younger siblings will become a member of the same house.

Each member of staff is also attached to a house.

Each house has two designated Year 11 House Captains who will act as representatives for all the students in their house throughout the year by: helping co-ordinate house teams, organise activities and events and represent their house at relevant meetings.



Each House is in competition with each other to achieve the highest number of house points at the end of each term and most importantly by the end of the year when there will be prizes.

Regular house point totals will be advertised on student briefing.

Pupils can contribute to their house point totals in a number of ways both in and out of the classroom. All pupils are expected to participate in at least one of the many house events/activities.

  • Merits - Pupils are awarded merits for outstanding effort and achievement: 25 merits equals 1 house point.
  • House Activities - Every curriculum area provides at least one house activity organised throughout the year for all Year Groups to enter. These activities are outlined on the school website calendar and will be advertised with further details on how to get involved on the student briefing over the year.
  • Clubs - Pupils can also earn house points for their involvement with clubs inside or outside school. These can be achieved by pupils showing commitment through high attendance, outstanding effort and outstanding achievement. (At the end of each term pupils can ask their teacher in charge of the club they have attended, to sign in either or both the attendance or outstanding effort/achievement box to earn a house point. The teacher will then add their house point to their Sims running total, which will automatically count towards their houses overall running total.)
  • Achievement - Pupils can also earn house points for varying achievements such as: Jack Petchey, where students are nominated by staff for showing a positive attitude to school life and its community or appearing on the heads achievement wall mentioned in student briefing each week.
  • Extra-curricular Competitions – Pupils can also earn house points if they regularly enter competitions advertised in school for: representing their school, showing commitment and an active sense of involvement with extra-curricular opportunities.
  • Attendance – Students who achieve 100% attendance in a term or those showing significant improvement receive a house point, as well as being placed in a draw for a gift voucher

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