Every pupil and staff member is assigned to a House: Dukes, Judges, Masters or Vice Chancellors (VCs). You can contribute to your House in a variety of ways, with a broad range of opportunities for healthy competition and the development of a team spirit.
House Meetings take place on Fridays and are used for advertising upcoming events, reviewing past competitions and holding events such as the highly competitive Spelling Bee. New for 2017-2018, each House will be supporting a charity chosen by the pupils. Each House will work to raise money throughout the year by organising and hosting different events. This will complement the work of the School’s Charity Committee, which is made up from members from all of the Houses.
Each House has a staff member as a Head of House who enthusiastically encourages pupils to contribute to the House. They aim to create a sense of belonging, as well as hoping to inspire sportsmanship and collective responsibility. Pupils, particularly seniors, can volunteer to take on responsibilities such as contributing to House meetings, fundraising for the chosen House charity and organising the Inter House competitions.
Currently there are varied competitions ranging from Singing to Rugby, Athletics to General Knowledge. In 2017-2018, the big event is House Drama, where the Houses each choose, produce and perform a play. Every pupil has the opportunity to get involved and make a valuable contribution to their House, be it by acting, working behind the scenes or contributing to the programme.
Every competition is worth points that add up throughout the year, with running totals displayed on the House noticeboard. The final scores decide the winner of the Midland Bank Cup which is awarded at Speech Day at the end of the year.
As a special competition in 2017-2018, pupils can design a logo and motto for their House. This will be judged and awarded points as in other competitions and it will also be used in subsequent years by the House. This is an amazing opportunity for pupils to shape the identity of their House and leave a lasting legacy.