Every student entering the school becomes a member of one of the four Houses named after historically prominent local people. Each House has a House Head and a Senior House Tutor that lead a team of form tutors. Students quickly form loyalties to their House and achieve a true sense of belonging.
The House system also acts as a link between the different age groups in the school, providing them with opportunities for working and playing together. Typical of this is the attachment of Post 16 students to junior forms where they encourage and support House activities; and the House Drama and Music competitions, where the Post 16 are responsible for all the organisation and direction, with only minimal staff help.
Members of a family are placed in the same House and this enables parents to build up a relationship with one particular group of staff who will be able to discuss any problems or offer advice based on their knowledge of the overall situation.
ALFRED HOUSE - House Colour: Blue
BRUNEL HOUSE - House Colour: Green
NEELD HOUSE - House Colour: Red
TALBOT HOUSE - House Colour: Yellow
House Councils and Young Chamber
Students are encouraged to play a key part in the decision making process of the school, through their role in both the relevant House Council and the Young Chamber.
Each House has it’s own House Council. The council is made up of a representative of each tutor group and the relevant Head of House. It is chaired by students who are responsible for setting the agenda and taking minutes. Members can raise items discussed in tutor groups and are expected to report back to their peers after each session. Meetings are held at least six times a year and are used to discuss items relevant to the House as well as whole school issues. House Councils can also plan enterprise events for their year groups with the help of the Young Chamber.