The House System is valuable in fostering competition in an entirely positive and productive way and helps our children to achieve in every area of School life. Many elements of School life are linked to it, such as academic, musical, sporting and cultural and we also include social elements of behaviour and courtesy. The loyalty and sense of team, so evident in each of the Houses, brings out the best in our children.
From Year 2 onwards, each child is placed into one of four Houses, named after local great castles: Bodiam, Hever, Leeds and Rochester. The School House system is not new, of course; it is a tried and tested way of fostering a sense of loyalty and identity and where triumphs and disasters are shared by all. What differs at Sutton Valence Prep is how strong the system is and how high it is in the children’s minds.
In our Celebration Assembly, at the end of each week, the House Cup is awarded to the house which has accumulated the most house points that week, in all areas of School life. Needless to say, it is a highly sought after accolade and much kudos is attached to being part of the success of a house.
Houses provide opportunities for the development of leadership and service, one of our most important journeys. Regular house meetings allow House Leaders to encourage their members to greater efforts in all things and to focus on particular areas for improvement.