Our house system brings students of different age groups together and creates a supportive family feel. There are considerable benefits associated with a house system:
- A student focus: each student is treated as an individual – not just one more student in a large year group.
- A caring, supportive environment: each student becomes a valued member of a small ‘family unit’ within a larger ‘family’ within the whole school.
- Each student’s individual strengths can be built within a group, and this she is able to bond with students of all ages.
- Peer support is encouraged to combat bullying.
- Promotion of the ‘Student Voice’, Student Responsibility, Team skills, Leadership skills and Co-operation.
- Development of personal and social skills.
How does it work?
Every student who attends St Edmund’s is a member of a ‘house’. The school is organised into six houses, each of which comprises 5 tutor groups, one from each year group in the school. The leadership of each house comprises a Head of House, a team of tutors and student leadership through House Captains and House Councils. The Head of House is responsible for setting the tone and ambition within the house and has strategic over-sight of academic progress, behaviour and attendance. Our Houses are named after inspirational women from history.
There are many house competitions that take place throughout the year; such as charity fundraising, inter-form sports competitions and Sports Day. All competitions give the students the opportunity to win house points. House points are added together and the house with the most points at the end of the year wins the overall house competition. Students quickly form an allegiance to their house and a sense of fun and friendly competition pervades all the house events.
Please click on the links for each house to discover their unique identity.