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House System

Our House system is built upon healthy competition in which everyone can contribute through academic and behaviour efforts and achievements, competitive termly sport, music and many other activities. The ‘battle’ is for the pride of the House Cup!

Students are placed into one of four houses: Brunel, Chichester, Hepworth and Scott. Each House is balanced as far as possible in terms of numbers, gender and the talents of the students. Each term there is a closely fought House Competition, which is decided through a strict ratio of effort scores, house points and a number of sporting and other competitions.

The Houses meet regularly to talk about coming competitions, to celebrate individuals who are contributing well to the House and to reinforce their own identity in which individuals can find another ‘team’ aspect to school life.  Staff Heads of Houses lead these meetings supported by colleagues, as well as a pupil House Captain and Vice-Captain elected at the start of each school year.

The Houses are encouraged to be competitive and to strive to do their best individually for the sake and benefit of the whole of their House.  At the same time, the children must appreciate the efforts and victories of others, remembering that as long as they have done their best nothing more can ever be asked. The House system has the added benefit of bringing all ages of the school community together, and it enhances the bond and the responsibility of the older pupils to be role models and to care for the younger children in our community.