Pupils enjoy excellent relationships with peers and adults alike and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent.

Independent Schools Inspectorate

House System

Pupils enjoy excellent relationships with peers and adults alike and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent.

Independent Schools Inspectorate

At Abercorn the House System is an integral part of school life designed to promote and reinforce good behaviour, positive work habits, and achievement. Every child is placed in a House when they move up to the Pre-Prep at TOGS, and siblings are placed in the same House. The Houses have been named after prominent people in British History; “Dickens”, “Thackeray”, “Victoria” and “O’Connor”. These Houses have a corresponding colour associated with each of them; red, green, blue and yellow respectively.

Every child is given a badge to wear on their jumpers or blazers which show to which House they belong. Junior and Senior Captains and Vice Captains are elected by each House in the first House meetings of the school year, and those elected wear another badge to identify themselves. House meetings are held every half-term, in which information is shared, and issues are discussed. Activities like buddy reading and games are also done in these meetings to encourage comradeship within each House.

There are also Inter-House sporting competitions every half-term. These include tournaments in Football, Hockey, Cross-Country, Basketball, Swimming and Athletics. Participation in these events boosts teamwork, sportsmanship and camaraderie.

House points earned by individuals are collected weekly. The winning House in each building is invited to attend Reward Afternoon in the final week of each term. Activities during this afternoon have been voted for by the children as something they feel is just reward for their efforts during the term. In the final assembly each term, the points for both buildings are totalled and the results from sporting competitions added. The over-all winning House across the school is announced, and each member rewarded with a trophy. Individual efforts are also recognised with the presentation of certificates. Each House has a shelf in the TOGS hall and at Portland Place on which the cup for over-all termly House winners are placed, as well as shields for the sports competitions they have won.

This system contributes significantly to the children’s schooling experience and identity. It prepares them to work productively as part of a group, giving them a sense of belonging, and encouraging positive competition.

Pupils enjoy excellent relationships with peers and adults alike and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent.

Independent Schools Inspectorate
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