The William Allitt School House System is designed to embody the values and ethos of the school and to be an integral part of our school community. It is our ambition that the Houses will work together creating a stronger pupil voice to motivate students and further the community spirit of the school.
Giving students opportunities to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills is an important to The William Allitt School. Students need to develop a range of personal, emotional and social skills if they are to thrive as members of their community and succeed in the workplace.
Opportunities for leadership occur right from the start of Year 7, where students can take on leadership roles from leading a range of sport and fitness activities; to representing and leading their house; to directing the inter-house competition; to becoming prefects and house captains.
Such leadership opportunities provide students with the chance to develop decision making skills, to understand the nature of commitment and responsibility and to nurture the heightened self-esteem arising from earning the respect of their peers and staff.
The school is keen to hear the views of its students, and listens to what they have to say in a number of ways, including through focus groups and questionnaires. One of the most important means is through the student council. At the beginning of the academic year, each tutor group elects a representatives who sit on their House council and meets regularly with their Head of House. This is a democratic process that is richly embedded within the school community. The council debates and shares students’ views on a range of issues including rules, uniform, the school environment and their learning. It develops in students the ability to express themselves, formulate arguments, and represent the views of others and the ability to feedback to their peers. In Year 11, students can apply to be prefects and for the positions of Head Girl and Head Boy. This team meets regularly with the Head Teacher.
House System Objectives:
Our aim is to provide every pupil in each house with the following:
- a sense of belonging within the school community
- opportunities to develop social, intellectual, physical and practical skills
- a sense of achievement both inside and outside of the classroom
- fun and excitement through competition
- opportunities for leadership
- an awareness of individual and collective responsibility
HOW TO EARN HOUSE POINTS: GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION
Each House is in competition with each other to achieve the highest number of achievement points for the students in their house at the end of each term and most importantly by the end of the year when there will be prizes. Regular house point totals will be advertised to students and displayed in school and on the school website.
Pupils can contribute to their house point totals in a number of ways both in and out of the classroom. All pupils are encouraged to participate in at least one of the many house events/activities and all their achievement points will be added to their House total.
House Activities - Every curriculum area provides at least one house activity organised throughout the year for all Year Groups to enter. These activities will be advertised with further details on how to get involved to the students through Tutor notices, assemblies and on the House website pages.
Clubs - Pupils can also earn achievement points for their involvement with clubs outside school. These can be achieved by pupils showing commitment through high attendance, outstanding effort and outstanding achievement. At the end of each term pupils can ask their teacher in charge of the club they have attended to add achievement points to their profile on SIMS and these are then allocated to the House total.
Achievement - Pupils can also earn points for varying achievements, where students are nominated by staff for showing a positive attitude to school life and its community.
Extra-curricular Competitions – Pupils earn achievement points if they regularly enter competitions advertised in school and are representing their school, showing commitment and an active sense of involvement with extra-curricular opportunities.
Attendance – Students who achieve 100% attendance in a term or those showing significant improvement receive achievement points as well as being placed in a draw for a gift voucher.
Accelerated Reader- All students in Year 7 and Year 8 are involved in the Accelerated Reader programme in school. This allows them to select reading books from the library that are at the optimum level to develop their reading skills. Once students have completed the reading book, they take an online quiz to test comprehension skills. Students who gain 100% on the quiz receive achievement points.