Our House System was under development during the course of the academic year 2011-2012. This process was led by Mr Hollis, Vice Principal (Students and Staff) and our 5 Heads of Year.
We have decided to introduce our House System along with vertical Tutor Groups to increase opportunities for:
Student Leadership – students working with each other in and out of lessons. Students will have the chance to be trained and act as mentors. We plan to introduce Student Ambassadors for each Faculty during the next academic year.
Community Cohesion – a school of 1300 people can seem a daunting place, in our House System every member of our community will belong to a House. This applies to Students, Staff and Governors. Each House will support a chosen charity throughout the year, and will have the chance to compete against other Houses in a range of competitions. In July 2013 we will present our first House Cup.
Academic Mentoring – at the heart of our House System is the Tutor Programme which ensures that every student has six conversations each year about their individual progress. These Academic Mentoring discussions are recorded in the student’s planner and reviewed after each CAP.
Ms Powell, House Principal: Claydon House
Mr Tridgell, House Principal: Rousham House
Mr Woodham, House Principal, Stowe House
Mr McAulay, House Principal: Blenheim House
Tutors and House Principals will monitor all aspects which affect achievement. Punctuality and poor attendance are significant factors in reducing students’ opportunities to learn – these are monitored on a daily basis by tutors. House Principals meet every fortnight with Mrs Orme (INCO), Mrs Metcalf (Student Welfare Lead) and Mr Hollis (Vice Principal) in Student Progress meetings. These discussions touch on any student in the House currently falling behind in their learning. Plans are discussed, resources allocated and put into place. All actions are then monitored and evaluated at subsequent meetings.