As part of the development of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) education in school, a new house system has been introduced. All pupils and staff will become members of one of the six newly established houses. There will be pupils of a wide range of abilities and talents in each house, and teaching and support staff will be distributed throughout the houses.
Every tutor group will have members of each house within it and some Personal Development Time (PDT) and Enrichment activities will have a competitive element where pupils will be able to earn house points, as well as individual rewards.
The main aims of the house system are:-
- To provide more opportunities for pupils to work with members of other year groups
- To continue to foster a strong sense of identity and belonging for all pupils in school
- To widen participation in extra-curricular activities and introduce new experiences
- To enable all pupils to face the challenges of competition
- To strengthen and expand the rewards system
- To provide more leadership opportunities for girls
- To have fun!
Each house has a colour which pupils will have on the cover of their homework diary. In addition all pupils will wear a lanyard and identification badge in their house colour.
Pupils in Years 7-10 in September will learn about their houses when they join or return to school while the new Year 11 will be told slightly earlier to allow for the purchase of sashes which will be priced at £5.00 from Rawcliffes in Southport.
Houses will be known by the name of a ‘patron’ who will be an inspirational woman from history.
Pupils in Year 10 have been involved in voting for the 6 best role models from a short list of candidates they have been learning about in PDT over the last two weeks. The patrons selected by the pupils are: Mary Seacole, Marie Curie , Charlotte Bronte, Helen Keller, Emmeline Pankhurst and Audrey Hepburn