From the very beginning of their school career, each child belongs to one of four Houses: Phoenix, Mrs Kershberg (Red), Griffins, Mrs Johanson (Green), Centaurs, Mr Turpin (Yellow) or Unicorns, Mr Goldsworthy (Blue).
The House system is an integral part of the pastoral care for our pupils. It enables children of all ages to mix freely and lets them thrive as individuals within a supportive framework. Being a member of a House gives each child a special sense of belonging, develops an understanding of teamwork and introduces them to healthy, friendly competition. House Tutors oversee their houses and encourage children to work hard for their house, take on responsibility and achieve different goals. Siblings within the school are together in the same ‘House’.
The PE kit acknowledges these different houses, so making it easier to identify a child’s house.
We have recently introduced House Families to help facilitate more joined-up thinking between our key pastoral staff and to enable pupils to feel safe and assured in school. Each House Family includes pupils from Reception to Year 6 and members of staff and provides children with an opportunity to talk about any concerns they have or to seek advice about something. House families enjoy fun activities that support and strengthen our PSHEE development and the school’s overall pastoral care. We have already seen pupils forging new friendships across year groups and older children taking the opportunity to support the younger ones.
Every alternate week there is a House Assembly and the children gather together with their House Tutor (a member of teaching staff). House Points are counted for each class and the house with the most house points has their flag flown and is rewarded with a Non-Uniform day at the end of each half term. At the end of each term the House with the most house points is presented with a cup which stays in House. The House Points are reward points given by teaching staff and other adults around school to children who demonstrate one of the school’s six values.
There is an annual organised theme day within school where the children are divided into mixed-aged house groups to take part in different activities. The House system also acts as a competitive element for inter-house sports activities at selected times of the year. At the end of the school year the ‘House’ with the winning number of House Points is awarded ‘The Governors’ Cup’. This award takes place on the final day assembly – it is a most exciting moment for every child!