The objectives of the House System
Our objective is to give every child in each house, and those who take positions of responsibility, the following:
- A sense of belonging across year groups
- A sense of achievement outside the classroom
- Fun and excitement through competition and challenge
- Leadership opportunities
- Individual and collective responsibility
- The development of communication skills, flexibility and resilience.
The house names are in honour of the four men who saved Soham from destruction during the Second World War and represent our pride and gratitude for their bravery. An ammunitions train caught fire and their bravery averted a disaster, which would have destroyed much of the town. The story of the origins of the house names will be shared with KS2 students through assemblies, house displays and information.
Allocation to Houses
Children are placed into one of the four houses on joining The Weatheralls; as a rule, siblings are placed in the same house. The vertical grouping of the children in their houses allows them to share a sense of belonging with children of all ages and foster a sense of community. The healthy competition between houses, allows girls and boys to work as a team aiming for the success of the house in challenges, activities and competitions.
Each house has a House Captain and a Deputy, chosen from Year 6 pupils. They are chosen by application and interview and help plan, organise and implement house activities.
House Captains also represent the Houses on the School Council, when appropriate. House Captain badges are worn with pride and children wear T-shirts in house colours during sporting activities and during PE. Lessons.
A member of the teaching staff (not leading or supporting a curriculum area) will be chosen (after discussion) to support each of the four houses. They will also assist the House Captains in running house meetings, organising house activities and generally managing the system. The house system sits within the pastoral system and will be overseen by the Senior Management member, leading in that area.
The House Captains work with the Student Council to decide upon a charity for the year. Identifying fundraising opportunities throughout the year will be a key consideration in House activities.
The House Captains meet once a fortnight with planning meetings and assemblies arranged as necessary. Each half term there is a large House activity alongside a number of smaller House challenges.
Purple points are the basic currency of recognition when students embody The Weatheralls’ values of Positivity, Perseverance and Pride in their actions and are used to celebrate these. Purple Points are tallied regularly and running totals posted on the house notice boards.
House events are many and varied - from charitable cake sales to special House assemblies - and create a sense of belonging amongst pupils. House achievements are recognised in the final STARS Assembly of the year. Our house system ensures that there is a relationships of commonality and belonging between the youngest children and our oldest Year 6 student, who will experience a very similar system when they join Soham Village College in Year 7.