House System

The House System exists to encourage girls to take a full part in a wide range of school activities, to provide a smaller focus of loyalty within the school and to give the opportunity to a larger number of girls to exercise responsibility and leadership.  There are 4 Houses – Clarke (named after a former senior mistress and benefactor), Curran, Spencer and Walker (named after former Headmistresses). It is another support mechanism for the pastoral system, as different age groups work together and help each other.

Each House is led by four House Captains who at the end of Year 13 apply for the posts and are then interviewed.  These posts include Arts, Communication, Music and Sport.  This gives pupils an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and be a mentor and role model to younger pupils.

Each House has a House Mistress to oversee activities and a Senior House Mistress who coordinates the programme. The House year runs from April to April.

AUTUMN TERM

House Drama
Swimming Gala
House Points awarded for A Grades at GCSE, AS and A Level
House Assemblies

WINTER/SPRING

House Music
Sporting Events
Teachers’ Obstacle Race
House Assemblies
Presentation of House Awards

SUMMER TERM

Sports Day
House Assemblies
Talent Show and Charity Event
House Points are awarded throughout the year as an integral part of school life e.g. for attending Open Days, representing the school in events, competitions, answering questions at Junior Assembly.