House System

The House System

Aims

The House System aims to facilitate more mixing between the different year groups, increase community spirit, peer mentoring, boost the existing rewards system, encourage more students to get involved in competitions, and develop leadership opportunities for students in KS3 and KS4.

Structure

Every student who attends Belmont Community School is assigned to a house. There are 4 houses overseen by two Heads of House. Each house is led by 8 student representatives, a male and female House Captain from year 10, a male and female Vice Captain from year 9 and house leaders from year 7 and 8. Students are allocated to a house and remain in it until they leave Belmont Community School. All staff members are also assigned to a house.
House names and identity
Based on the immediate surroundings of the school, the house names and colour are:
Auckland – Green
Barnard – Red
Durham – Blue
Lumley – Yellow
House Leadership Team
Students are invited to apply for the following positions where there will be a boy and a girl in each position for each House: House Captains (Year 10), Vice Captains (Year 9), House Leaders (Years 7 and 8). The House Captains are responsible for the leadership and organisation of their House throughout the academic year, as well as overseeing all arrangements for a House challenge. At the end of each academic year all positions must be applied for again to allow opportunities for other students to step up into these leadership positions.
House champions and stars
House competitions take place throughout the year and give students the opportunity to gain achievement points and take part in fun events. There are additional events added throughout the year, with some competitions being held within particular year groups, such as Inter House Football. All students taking part in house competitions are awarded achievement points which are recorded and contribute to the overall total for their House. The winners of each competition receive a certificate.

Provisional Timetable of events – 2016-2017

Term 2.1

  • Sport – Dodgeball and table tennis and football
  • Curriculum – Art
  • Non Curriculum – Chess Competition
  • Merits – top 30 students
  • Attendance top 30 students
  • Accelerated reader – top 20 students (words read)
  • Year 11 – reaching TG in mock exams
  • Behaviour – Students with no behaviour point

Term 2.2

  • Sport – Gymnastics and Badminton
  • Curriculum – Performing Arts
  • Non Curriculum – Easter themed Bake off
  • Merits – top 30 students
  • Attendance top 30 students
  • Accelerated reader – top 20 students (improved reading age)
  • Year 11 – top 20 Attendance at intervention session
  • Behaviour – Students with no behaviour points

Term 3.1

  • Sport – Rounders and Cricket
  • Curriculum -MFL
  • Non Curriculum – The Debate
  • Merits – top 30 students
  • Attendance top 30 students
  • Accelerated reader – top 20 students (time spent reading)
  • Behaviour – Students with no behaviour points

Term 3.2

  • Sport – Sports Day
  • Curriculum – Technology
  • Non Curriculum – The Big Quiz
  • Merits – top 30 students
  • Attendance top 30 students
  • Accelerated reader – top 20 students (overall)