Your child’s House is more than a building, it is integral to their time and identity at the College. The character of each House is subtly different but they all work in the same way, with the same structures, rules and intent: each is built around the shared values of kindness, integrity and ambition.
The House is a place of security and loyalty, where friendships form and memories last.
Each House is run by a Housemaster or Housemistress, assisted by a Matron and a team of tutors. Their role is pastoral in name, but it goes deeper than that. They guide your child through the choppy waters of adolescence; providing support, kindness and the time and space to develop into young people who are confident and assured in who they are and what they stand for.
There are around 60 pupils in every House, with 12 or so from each year group. Sixth Form students take leadership roles, mentoring and supporting younger pupils. This ensures strong support networks are formed across year groups, and new pupils integrate quickly and successfully into their House.
Bonds are strengthened through a packed calendar of inter-house events such as Cross Country, Choral Competitions, numerous sporting competitions and the annual Pancake Race. The rivalry with other Houses is friendly, but the desire to win is strong. Above all, the events are fun and help pupils develop teamwork and leadership skills, while also teaching them how to win or lose with grace.
The Lower School House system
Our Lower School provides pupils in Years 7 and 8 with the perfect stepping stone between Primary and Prep school and life in the Senior School. Lower School pupils enjoy their own House system, each pupil being a member of one of four Houses, or Forms:
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As in the Senior School, pupils learn to work and play for their House, competing in sporting events, and earning merits in lessons. All of which prepares them for life in the Senior School when, in Year 9, they join one of the 13 senior Houses.
Boarding pupils have breakfast in the Dining Hall, while Day pupils start arriving at the College from 8am. All pupils then start the day in their Houses, catching up with friends and peers and meeting with Tutors – a crucial part of the pastoral care we provide. Registration is at 8.25am.
THROUGHOUT THE DAY
Pupils return to their Houses for registrations and for morning and afternoon break, when snacks and refreshments are provided. In Senior years, where pupils may have study periods, they would do prep (homework) and revision in their House.
THE END OF THE DAY
Day pupils go home after 6pm (3pm, or after fixtures, on Saturday). Weekly boarders go home after games on a Saturday and return on Sunday evening. In the evenings and at the weekend, activities are laid on for full boarders, and they may visit each other’s Houses with permission from Housemasters and Housemistresses. Equally, with prior permission, full boarders may spend time at weekends with the parents of their friends. In all cases, there is considerable flexibility.