The House system is an important part of school life, which affords another layer of belonging and teamwork. All boys and staff are allocated to one of three Houses – Arundel, Balmoral and Caernarvon, named after the three key castles of England, Scotland and Wales. The Houses are led by a teacher and a Year 6 House Captain and Deputy, who have written a letter of application for the leadership role, explaining what skills and attributes they possess that make them the best candidate for the position and what they can bring to the role. These boys are responsible for leading House meetings, competition entries and charity fundraising. There are many competitions during the course of the year that the boys can take part in, ranging from quizzes, to sports matches and Charity fundraising events. It is very rewarding to see pupils of mixed age groups coming together so passionately to support their House with its latest endeavour.
The School's rewards system is also closely connected to the House system through the collection of House points. These points are awarded to boys for many aspects, including excellent achievement, consistent effort and participation, acts of kindness, contribution in lessons and courteous behaviour. The points are collected on a daily basis and then collated at the end of the week into a total for the entire House. In our 'Good Work Assembly' on a Friday there is a tangible silence of anticipation at the point of the winning House being announced, followed by a roar of success and rousing applause from all. Individuals are also rewarded in these assemblies by receiving bronze, silver, gold or platinum awards for collecting 25, 50, 75 or 100 House points, respectively, in each term.