The House System provides opportunities for students to develop all aspects of their growth and learning: personality, morality, creativity, knowledge and skills. The system promotes values of fair play, teamwork, citizenship, mutual responsibility, self-discipline, initiative, perseverance and resilience.
Participation in House activities contributes to excellence in academic, social, sporting and cultural fields.
There are four Houses:
The House System comprises three strands of activity:
Whenever possible, siblings are allocated to the same House. New students with British or Irish nationality are permitted to choose their House. Attempts will also be made to accommodate requests from other new students with an ancestral or cultural affiliation with England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland.
Once allocated, students may not - under any circumstances - move to a different House.
Within Primary, the allocation of new students to Houses ensures, as far as possible, equal House representation in each year group and each tutor group. Gender balance is also considered.
Within Secondary, the allocation of new students to Houses ensures, as far as possible, equal House representation within each of the Middle Department, the Upper Department and the Sixth Form, as these are the subdivisions of the Secondary House Competition.
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