The importance of the House System is reflected in the uniform, students wearing the colours of their House on their tie, jumper, and PE kit. The enthusiastic encouragement and celebration at Sports’ Day and achievement ceremonies leaves the onlooker in no doubt about the sense of belonging and ‘family’ that the House system engenders.
We firmly believe that students thrive in an atmosphere of healthy competition allied to strong pastoral support and guidance. Our House system is central to delivering this ethos. We have four Houses named after local rivers (Dart, Taw, Mole & Yeo) each led by a Head of House supported by our Home Liaison Manager and Attendance Manager. Within each House there are five tutor groups with approximately six students from each year group. This ‘vertical tutoring’ has the advantage that younger students can be mentored by their peers, easing transition and supporting the work of the tutor.
We try to ensure that brothers and sisters are in the same House, although not the same tutor group unless there are good reasons not to do so. This strengthens family allegiance to the House and is particularly valuable in promoting competition through our House Point award system, and at Sports Days.