House System

Purpose

The House System plays a key part in establishing and reinforcing the school’s
ethos and ASPIRE with its students. This is achieved in a number of ways –
• A programme of extra-curricular events which encompass many areas of the curriculum.
• The House Cup is awarded to the House which amasses the most points.
• Leadership opportunities are offered to all students in managing the House System.

Structure

Each House is led by a team of House Captains who are appointed from Year 12 and they are responsible for leading their House in a variety of House Events throughout the year.

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House Captains

All students belong to one of the six Houses – Ashridge, Chalfont, Flaunden, Latimer, Nettleden and Pendley. The Houses are vertical groups based upon the form group to which each student belongs to.Each form appoints a House Representative, a leadership role designed to train younger students in leadership skills who assist the House Captains in communicating and organising their House’s participation in events.

House Events

The House event calendar lasts throughout the year and includes many areas of the curriculum, such as English, Science, Drama, Dance, Music, Art and Physical Education.

The House Captain support The Hospice of St Francis’ Midnight Walk with the House Charity Challenge

The House Captain support The Hospice of St Francis’ Midnight Walk with the House Charity Challenge

Ashridge and Flaunden jointly win House Art.

Ashridge and Flaunden jointly win House Art.

Flaunden win House Sports Day 2016

Flaunden win House Sports
Day 2016

 

 

The House Cup

The House Cup is awarded to the House which gathers the most House points, which are awarded through participation in events as well as scores based on records in attendance and rewards and consequences. The results of the House Cup, School Cup and House Events Cup for 2016 were –

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House Cup Points System

Whole School Issues
In total, this area is worth the most points. The key areas are attendance, Attitude to Learning scores and commendations. Data is taken for each year group and points are awarded relating to where each form is placed in its year. This is completed every half term.

1 2 3 4 5 6
Attendance [every half term] 60 50 40 30 20 10
Rewards and Consequences [every half term] 60 50 40 30 20 10

 

Major House Events
There are four major House events in the academic year in dance, drama, music and sport. House points are awarded in relation to where each House is placed in the events.

1 2 3 4 5 6
Dance 100 90 80 70 60 50
Drama 100 90 80 70 60 50
Music 100 90 80 70 60 50
Sport 100 90 80 70 60 50

 

House Challenges
There are a number of House challenges in the academic year, such as House Science and the House Christmas Decorations. Other events may be held more infrequently, such as House Book Bench Challenge.

1 2 3 4 5 6
Christmas Decorations 30 25 20 15 10 5
House Art 100 85 70 55 40 25
House Science 100 90 80 70 60 50
PE Challenges 30 25 20 15 10 5
Library/reading challenges 60 50 40 30 20 10

 

House identity
It is a key objective that students are proud to be part of their House as well as being part of the school community. Establishing a House identity to which students feel a belonging is achieved in a number of ways –
• House colours – Ashridge – green, Chalfont – purple, Flaunden – orange, Latimer – blue, Nettleden – red, Pendley – yellow – make up part of the School tie which all students in Years 7 to 11 are expected to wear.
• House Assemblies are held at least once a term and are led by students and focus upon the work of students in that specific House.
• House notice board which is situated next to the ABI Office and is
designed for and maintained by students.
• Regular updates of House news in the school’s newsletter.