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Our House System

We encourage our students to be both competitive, yet selfless; to strive to succeed but to also celebrate one another's efforts. Our House system allows a sense of camaraderie among our students where they can compete to their best ability, cheered on by the support of their peers. 

Our Six Houses are:

  • Ascott 
  • Claydon 
  • Hartwell  
  • Mentmore  
  • Stowe 
  • Waddesdon

These are all estates, some owned by the Rothschild family, in the immediate vicinity of Aylesbury. 

Structure of the House System

  • Head of House and Co-head of House - (members of staff)

  • House Captain  - Sixth form student

  • Deputy House Captains  - Sixth form students

The House System Co-ordinator - Mrs Amy Malone

 

House Colour


House name

Head of House

Co-head of House

Yellow

Ascott

Dr Alice Gallienne

 

Purple

Claydon 

Mr Oliver Jospehson

Miss Louise Carter

Red

Hartwell

Mrs Julie Davis

 

Green

Mentmore 

Miss Emily Dean

Mrs Linda Pilkington

Aqua

Stowe

Mrs Jennifer Cole 

Miss Shari Kerr

Blue

Waddesdon 

Mrs Debbie Harkin

 

How our House System works 

All students and staff members are assigned to a House. These are all estates, some owned by the Rothschild family, in the immediate vicinity of Aylesbury. For students in Years 7-11 this corresponds to the tutor group they are allocated to. It is a school policy to place siblings joining the school into the same House as their brother or sister where possible. House colours are worn with pride by students every day as they are interwoven in the school tie and house colour socks are worn for all sporting activities. 

The system provides a vertical structure (to complement the horizontal year groups), a focus for internal competition and offer further opportunities for students to display qualities of collaboration and leadership. Sixth form students remain in their House following through from Year 11 and students new to the Sixth Form are allocated a House creating two vertical tutor groups per house. Every member of staff is allocated to a House except for the House System Co-ordinator, Mrs Amy Malone.

The House Point System

House Points are awarded throughout the year for competitions for all year groups.  Students compete in a variety of activities including various sports, dance, creative writing, drama, music, public speaking, historical castle design, photography, baking and the prestigious Sports Day. These are delivered in both curricular time and as enrichment opportunities. Above all, achievements are awarded by staff as recognition of effort and achievement for academic work, examples of “public spirit”, care for the environment, helpfulness to members of staff and assisting at extracurricular functions that are converted into House points.

These points are collected each term, collated and published. Houses are rewarded each half term with house points for the number of achievements received for all students. The system also operates as a running total, i.e. each total recorded is calculated from the September of the academic year. The updates are displayed on our House Google site accessible to all members of the school community.

House Cup Day

At the end of the academic year a whole day is dedicated to House competition. During the House Cup Day students experience a wider choice of activities; science challenges, enterprise, sport and choirs to name a few.  This culminates in a celebration assembly where final performances and awards are shared with the whole school. Once again, this occasion has a vertical theme and Sixth Form ambassadors and students take lead roles in the activity preparation and delivery.

House Assemblies take place on a regular basis in accordance with the school calendar.  They are organised and delivered by the House Captains, their Deputies, assisted by the Heads of House. 

In addition the annual Chari-tree event enables the House Captains to select local charities for all house members to support.  An abundance of items are donated by the whole school community and placed under the six house Christmas trees in early December.  Recent charities we have supported include Aylesbury Women’s Aid, Aylesbury Vineyard Storehouse and Tiggywinkles.