House System

House System

The House system allows every student and member of staff to feel a sense of belonging by becoming a member of one of the Seven Houses (Brunel, Churchill, Hawking, Nightingale, Novello, Parks and Winton).  Each were selected by our students and have a connection to the local area. As house members, all students have a range of opportunities to work together and ‘compete’ against other students, the other houses and even against themselves, earning points in the process. The house system was developed in 2018 and the aim was for it to be an integral part of our pastoral system and school culture, and the challenge was to develop a sense of pride and commitment. The house system is designed to embody our school values and ethos.

House System Objectives

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 the classroom;
  • Fun and enjoyment through competition;
  • Opportunities for leadership;
  • Awareness of individual and collective responsibility.

House Organisation

  • Pupils are in one of 7 houses;
  • Each house will have 2 designated Heads of House (Sixth Formers) and every tutor group will have house captains who will help co-ordinate and organise events and representatives and attend relevant meetings.
  • Tutor & 2 House Captains per Tutor Group


How to Earn House Points

  • Each house member can earn points in a number of ways throughout each term and over the entire academic year;
  • All pupils are expected to participate in a variety of curriculum-based events/activities e.g:
    • Attendance
    • Behaviour
    • Achievement Points
    • Clubs and Activities
    • Volunteering
    • Representing the School
    • Supporting Charity Events
    • House competitions, events and challenges

These will be promoted on the School Calendar and within assemblies, tutor time and lessons.  At the end of each competition/event, points will be awarded for participation and overall success.  At the end of each term, the house with the most points will be awarded a prize.  At the end of the academic, year the house with the most points will be awarded the house trophy and reward.