The House System

How does the house system work?

The house system is a traditional feature of schools. The school is divided into subunits called 'houses' and each student is allocated to one house upon enrolment. Houses may compete with one another at sports and maybe in other ways, therefore providing a focus for group loyalty.

Different schools will have a different number of houses, at HPS we have 4 houses. In some schools houses may be named after saints, famous historical alumni or notable regional topics. Each house will usually also be identified by its own symbol, logo, or colours and we will be asking the children to design new logos very soon. 

All of our new houses are named after famous people who attended the University of Oxford. We have tried very hard to make sure that children actually know the reasons why we have chosen the house names and we want to use the people the houses are named after as role models for the children.

At HPS we believe that team work is one of the most important things when it comes to being successful. This is why we have a house system. The principle of house points is very simple; every child in school will be placed into 1 of our 4 houses and can earn house points for their house. At the end of every week, year 6 will collect up the house points from each class and add them to a leader board. At the end of the year, the house with the most house points wins the House Cup. Because this is a whole school approach, every child in school can be awarded a house point which will be added to the total and will count towards that houses’ effort to win the House Cup. Once house points have been awarded they cannot be taken away.