In September 2012, a new house system was launched and this, along with vertical tutoring, has proved an excellent tool for encouraging students across all year groups to mix and work more closely together. This is an extremely important element to learning and is another important factor that contributes to student’s all-encompassing education at The Marches School. After much debate and deliberation, it was decided that the theme for the house names would be ‘British Everest Firsts’. Students and staff have voted in favour of this theme as it denotes aspiration, challenge and achievement at the highest level – all attributes that they feel are fitting to the school.
The five house names come from Everest climbers’ surnames – Mallory (the first British person to get onto the mountain), Bonington (the leader of the first successful team to reach the summit via the South West face), Stephens (the first British woman to reach the summit), Hargreaves (the first British woman to reach the summit alone and without supplementary oxygen) and Whittaker (the first disabled British person to reach the summit, climbing without a right foot).
Students across years 7 – 11 are divided into 5 houses, with an equal mix of year groups in each. Each house hosts 10 tutor groups, within which there are five members of each year group. This structure has facilitated ‘vertical tutoring’, meaning that students are no longer part of an age specific form group, but instead, students from all years have the opportunity to mix and work together, allowing for collaboration and mentoring to take place.
Here at The Marches School, we strongly believe that this provides students with an increased sense of belonging. Students remain with the same group right the way through school; as they become older, their roles and responsibilities change and they will find themselves acting as mentors and role models for the younger students. As a large school, we are always looking for ways to further support and nurture our students and the house system has proved an effective system to further enhance the ‘family’ feeling already so strong at the school.
Each house is assigned a Staff Leader, a Student Leader and a Deputy. Their roles and responsibilities are to lead their houses, with the ‘Student Voice’ a valued and respected tool for development. Throughout the year, students take part in a range of activities from sports to festive-themed events, each providing members with the opportunity to win points for their houses. This element of ‘healthy’ competition is essential to a child’s development and all students are encouraged to take part. House points can be tracked on the school website and, at the end of each academic year, the house with the most points is crowned ‘House Champion’.
Champions from last 3 years
The latest list of House competitions and points issued can be found here – Marches House Points 07.02.17
Information about how non-uniform days are run and when they are taking place in 2016-17 can be found here – Charity Fundraising 2016-2017