The house system aims to enhance student achievement through the promotion of inter house competition which subsequently acts as a method of student motivation. The house system was introduced in 2009 following an extensive consultation process. The names of the houses: Aztec, Roman, Spartan and Trojan were democratically chosen by the students. All houses have distinctive colours and badges which are displayed in the main hall.
In order to promote a strong tutor group and house group ethos all members of each tutor group will also be in the same house group. There will be two tutor groups (one in each band) for each house.
House points are the principal method of motivating students in their day to day lessons. All staff are allocated a batch of house points at the start of the year. The house points are distinctive to the houses, They are colour coded and have the house motif printed upon them. Students are given house points in recognition of their achievements. These achievements take a multitude of forms such as: sustained effort in class, an exemplary piece of Home Learning, consistent high attainment or excellent class participation. Points can also be awarded based upon student contribution to school ethos, representing the school at extra-curricular activities and showing respect and courtesy. This list is not exhaustive and individual staff members reserve the right to use their judgement when awarding house points. At KS4 students are awarded achievement points rather than the stickers which are counted as house points in the annual final tally.
House points are stuck into the student’s planner and, upon reaching a milestone (25, 50, 75 or 100), students will be presented with a certificate. Presentations normally take place in end of term celebration assemblies.
A vast array of sports provides inter-house competitions for boys and girls in each year group. Every faculty also provides a subject-based house competition every year. At the annual sports day, students in years 7-10 are divided into their houses and compete for the overall sports day cup. All of these competitions contribute points towards the final totals which decide which house is crowned overall house champions and house members receive a fun afternoon out the next academic year.
Below is the current standing for the Houses: