House system and groups
At the heart of our pastoral system are our Houses and Vertical Tutoring groups. Each group has five students from each year group from Years 7 to 11, giving valuable leadership opportunities to older students who support younger ones. Each group meets for twenty minutes each day at 10am, and participates in various activities such as competitions, assemblies and homework.
A core part of VT time is working to support one another, and recording successes. Students receive Achievement Points when they meet and exceed expectations, and a Behaviour Point is used to record when a student does not meet expectations. Behaviour Points affect a student’s ability to participate in Rewards Weeks.
Points are recorded in planners during VT time, along with attendance. All students are expected to strive for 100% attendance, and maintain a minimum of 96%. Support is given to students to help them stay on track, and develop new and more challenging targets when they meet an existing one!
Currently the Houses are named after former alumni of the predecessor school, Sowerby Bridge High School. Students are currently being invited to participate in a review exercise of the names, and will vote to retain the current ones or develop new ones.
If you would like to speak to a House Manager, please contact us via the main switchboard number.