The house system is a traditional feature of many British schools. Historically it was associated with schools where a ‘house’ refers to a boarding house.
In the case of a school like RPS, the word ‘house’ refers to a grouping of students, rather than to a particular building. Students are divided into a number of houses, which are often named after saints, famous historical alumni or notable regional landmarks.
RPS has a rich and varied extra-curricular programme for students to participate in, ranging from enterprise, community and charitable work, to musical, dramatic, sporting and artistic endeavours. There are so many ways in which our students involve themselves in the wider life of the school that it seems only fitting to ensure that the house system is used as a vehicle to reward student participation. The House system is about rewarding the school body for the exceptional work that goes on. It aims to foster a sense of pride and encourages students to take on the leadership of all house activity and a chance to give back to school life..
One notable feature of the house system is the nomination and election, or appointment, of house captains, whose job it is to run the entire house, with staff assigned to the house serving only as advisors and mentors.
The House Names
- A stronger school community that all students, staff, parents and governors feel they actively belong to.
- Working with students from all years, role models are created along with strong cross-year partnerships.
- Students are recognised and rewarded for performance in and beyond the classroom.
- Rewards given for exceptional community work and charity efforts.
- Regular opportunities to stretch and explore leadership, social and group working skills with students from different years.
What does it look like?
- A School Cup is awarded each year to the winning house. Small awards are presented to individual year group winners and certificates to each event winner, celebrating as much success as possible.
- Student-led competitions take place with staff facilitating in a range of events. Forms play to their strengths to ensure all students compete in House activities throughout the year.
- House assemblies take place throughout the year to support the calendar of events and competitions.
- Student awards are based on the Olympic and Paralympic values of Courage, Determination, Equality, Excellence, Friendship, Inspiration and Respect
- It helps foster a sense of community, team spirit and pride.
- It encourages inter-year group friendships.
- Students have an opportunity to be mentored and to mentor others, have leadership responsibilities and be a role model for others.
- It allows as much personal achievement as possible to be recognised.
- There is a stronger student voice in decision-making across the school.
- It gives everyone a long-term focus.
- It can promote a healthy sense of competition where students learn through experience how to best respond to success and failure.