Abercorn is very successful in ensuring that all pupils have the opportunity to realise their full potential, are well prepared for each stage of their education and transfer smoothly between the different parts of the school and on to their next schools.

Independent Schools Inspectorate

House System & School Council

Abercorn is very successful in ensuring that all pupils have the opportunity to realise their full potential, are well prepared for each stage of their education and transfer smoothly between the different parts of the school and on to their next schools.

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.

 

School Council

At Abercorn we believe that the pupils should play an active part in the development of the school and its various activities. We value the opinions of the pupils and these opinions can be voiced through the School Council.

Each class from Year 4 upwards selects a representative to sit on the School Council. These are joined by the Head Boy & Girl and the Deputy Head Boy & Girl.

The School Council discusses various issues raised by pupils and puts some of these forward for discussion with the Headmaster and senior Staff. They are also the main focus of fund raising within the school and have run very successful events for Red Nose Day and Children in Need, as well as supporting many other ideas put forward by the pupils.

Prefects

At Abercorn we believe that senior pupils should take on more responsibility as they move up through the school.

This not only ensures the smooth running of the school but helps them develop skills of teamwork and leadership. Prefects, including the positions of Head Boy and Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl are selected by the Headmaster in consultation with the staff. Their roles include assisting with school events, helping the younger pupils and helping staff ensure school rules are followed.

Abercorn is very successful in ensuring that all pupils have the opportunity to realise their full potential, are well prepared for each stage of their education and transfer smoothly between the different parts of the school and on to their next schools.

Independent Schools Inspectorate
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