The House System is a major pastoral and extra-curricular side of school which develops students’ social, emotional, team-working and organisation (amongst other) skills. Students in KS3 have been allocated a house Stoodley, Vale, Gaddings, Bridestones or Calder. These names have been chosen to reflect, and celebrate, our beautiful surroundings in the Calder Valley. All staff have also been allocated a house, in order to support and encourage our students and build a team environment. Students receive a badge to proudly wear on their blazer and show which house they belong to.
The House system aims to reflect the ethos and core values of the school; Ambition, respect, care and honesty. we will try to develop this by fostering a sense of community, awareness of each other and a sense of being part of a team and belonging. A sense of belonging is a fundamental element of having good mental health and wellbeing. All of which is huge on the governmental agenda.
We are ambitious in all areas of our education. We show respect through fair play and sporting behaviour; we are graceful in defeat and magnanimous in victory. We support others and take pride in their efforts. We demonstrate care by the way we interact with and treat others with dignity, respect and empathy. When we are honest, we build strength of character that will allow us to be of great service and allow us to have self-respect.
- All students have the opportunity to earn House points as they are all invited and encouraged to take part in all events, and everything from their classwork effort to their musical prowess and sporting ability can contribute to the scores.
- All students have been provided with a ‘character challenge’ card (see below) alongside the character challenge termly challenges listed to the right. Students can complete any/all of these challenges as they go through school and add to their personal/house totals.