The House System
At Glyn School, there are eight Houses which are each run by a designated House Leader. The House and the colours which identify membership are:
- Abbey - Light Blue
- Bourne - Black
- Carew - Red
- Derby - Green
- Merton - Dark Blue
- Oaks - Orange
- St Benet - Purple
- Tudor - Yellow
All students and their Form Tutors are assigned to a specific House when they join the school. Everyone at Glyn School is involved in representing their House and this is demonstrated in many ways: from taking part in a range of House events, wearing the correct uniform, raising money for charities, taking part in community projects and learning new skills to build confidence. Students are proud to wear their House ties.
The eight houses are linked to our local area and can be viewed in pairs:
There used to be an ABBEY at MERTON which was called Merton Abbey;
The BOURNE river goes through Chertsey, site of a BENEDICTINE monastery;
The TUDOR family named CAREW;
DERBY is named after Lord Derby, the founder of the famous horse race whilst OAKS was the name of his home; in addition to being the name of the prestigious race first held in 1779, the year before the first Epsom Derby.
What do the Houses do?
The Houses are an important part of our community at Glyn and are a central part of school life. Each House is represented in all House events and they are also responsible for co-ordinating community cohesion projects and charitable fund raising for their nominated House charity (chosen by the students) and school charities.
House Assemblies, led by the House Leaders, take place every half term are used to bring students up to date on forthcoming events, scores, encouragement of good practice and the presentation of awards.
At the end of each term there is also a Whole School Assembly to collectively share the attainment, achievement and successes of Houses, Year groups and individuals.
Our House Leaders play a crucial role within the school and their function is to support the students in their House, to create a sense of community, healthy competition and belonging.
House Leaders role is to coordinate the House events which take place throughout the year and to organise charity and community projects within our local community and beyond.
|Abbey||Mr K Wright|
|Bourne||Mr J Long|
|Carew||Mr N Miller|
|Derby||Mr P Hazzard|
|Merton||Miss A Thompson|
|Oaks||Miss H Daudi|
|St Benet||Miss A Jade|
|Tudor||Mr G Howard|
House competitions are run by all subject departments and coordinated by the House Leaders. Each event contributes to the overall yearly winners by giving out House Points for participation and also first, second and third places. The culmination of the House events is reached at the Whole School Sports Day, where many points can be won. When all the House events are completed, the House points are calculated and the winning House is announced in the final Whole School Assembly at the end of the academic year. The winning House wins the coveted Victor Ludorum Trophy.
House Points are given out both in and out of lessons as Achievement Points to reward student effort in academic, sporting and community endeavours, and students demonstrating the school's key values such as integrity, respect, community and challenge.
Benefits of House System
The House System at Glyn School supports our students by:
- Fostering integrity, respect and consideration for others throughout the school community.
- Encouraging positive self-esteem amongst students and promoting the values and ethos of the school community.
- Providing opportunities for all students (regardless of ability) to take part in a range of activities so that students can realise their full potential.
- The promotion of student responsibilities, leadership skills and collaboration.
- The development of students’ personal and social skills and wellbeing.
- Fostering healthy competition.
Our students are proud and loyal to their Houses, which can still be seen at our Old Glynians' Annual Dinner. The sense of belonging stays well beyond the five or seven years our students are with us.
Towards the end of Year 10, there is an application process for students who wish to be considered as a House Captain. The House Captains participate in organising, promoting and running events. House Captains have regular meetings with their House Leaders and support them by sharing information to the Form groups in their House to ensure that the essence of all the Houses is a prominent feature in the school community.