Every pupil, whether day or boarding, has a place in one of our eight single-sex houses – North, South, East, West, Cubitt, Loveday, Rhodes and Martlet.
The house system forms the foundation upon which our pupils’ wellbeing and sense of community is built. Boys’ and girls’ houses are paired, so that the majority of school life can be co-educational.
All houses follow a similar structure, with both a Housemaster or Housemistress and a Deputy who live on site, often with their family, plus a Non-Resident Deputy with overall responsibility for the day pupils in the house. Each house also has two full-time Matrons who work in shifts, so that one of them is in the house from wake-up time to bedtime. Matrons look after all medical, laundry and general housekeeping issues, but they are also on hand to offer reassurance, advice and firm yet affectionate discipline. Matron’s room is often the social hub of the house, and particularly popular after prep time when hot chocolate and ‘treats’ are distributed.
Teams of Tutors play a vital role both in the smooth running of each house, and in the pastoral care given to the pupils. Tutor groups are vertical, so that each pupil has supportive relationships with ‘big brothers’ or ‘big sisters’ in the years above.
All members of the Upper Sixth are House Prefects, and as such gain valuable leadership experience. They are led by a House Captain and Deputy House Captain and there are also designated Fourth Form Prefects who help look after the youngest pupils.