School House System
All the students at Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form value their shared responsibility for the school ethos, conduct in and around the school premises, the learning environment and personal progress during lessons.
A central role in creating this ethos is the unique vertical tutoring system. On entry students are allocated a house (Churnet, Derwent, Dove or Manifold) with students staying within these houses during form time. Each house has 10 tutor groups and is under the leadership of a head of house.
The many benefits of the vertical tutoring include:
- Students develop effective working relationships with older and younger peers:
- Older students mentor, guide and support younger individuals in pastoral activities developing new friendships and supporting students in pastoral activities, developing new friendships and supporting students in identifying any barriers to learning including effective strategies to overcome these.
- Students create a sense of responsibility for their education, conduct in and around the school alongside personal achievement.
- House forms reinforce the specific house ethos through interform, house and whole school competitions.
- Students have a shared responsibility for the school and learning environment through form & house representatives, who inform the school student council of relevant issues and charity events.
- All students have a shared responsibility for the effective implementation of the school’s Behaviour for Learning policy.
- Siblings are kept in identical houses but not in the same form, allowing for continuity for the Head of House and reinforcing effective partnerships with parents and guardians,
House tutors have the opportunity to work with the five students form specific year groups during critical times of the year such as Year 9 Options Pathways, Year 11 exam preparation, Year 7 familiarisation or the planning of charity events.
Churnet House focuses on the cultural, creative and practical dimensions of our lives. Students look closely at how all countries across the world develop and appreciate art and the power of expressing oneself creatively. Churnet house tutees recognise the diversity of creativity and understand that political art is a way of expressing human rights and freedom. Working closely within the school community tutees endeavor to include all through dedication to performance and perfection. (Rights Respecting Schools Award, RRSA article 29) Churnet House believes that through the arts students are able to keep up with a rapidly changing modern technological society whilst recognising the impact expressing oneself has on self-esteem and self-confidence. (RRSA article 17) Students recognise the contribution the arts have made to human survival and human dignity.
Derwent House recognises the positive contribution that science, computer science and mathematics (STEM) can make to our present society and our future society. We propose that education is the most powerful tool of all and we can use it to change our world for the better (RRSA articles 28 and 29). Students understand that our world is constantly changing and evolving, with new technology and scientific discoveries. There is a focus on how science, computer science and maths will give young people the skills and knowledge needed to improve the world around us, and even the future of the planet. Students are made aware of inequalities and life threatening issues in our world and are able to take a lead on developing solutions and cures. Derwent House take an active role in raising money for research charities and charities that support others less fortunate than ourselves (RRSA articles 24, 27, 28 and 29). Our learning embraces the latest learning technologies which we aim to use effectively. Students strive to create the learning technologies of the future.
Dove House is special for its communication with others both in English and in the wider world (RRSA article 31). Our students learn, through the world of words, the value, beauty and power of the written word, regardless of our ability; Drama and Media help us to communicate in visual ways and support us to fit into the modern world of technology (RRSA article 13). Students understand and embody the importance of competition and how this can improve our house; not only this, but, they are proud to be ‘The best You can be’, our motto (RRSA article 29). Positivity, ambition and kindness are a focus of our assemblies (RRSA article 3).
Manifold House recognises the significance of the big ideas that shape the world. Students understand and care about the environment and are working towards a clearer understanding of the effects humans have on the planet and on each other, and the necessity for sustainable development in a moral and environmental sense (RRSA article 27). There is a focus on understanding and articulating how the world is at risk if we do not protect our planet from the interactions as humans we have with each other (RRSA article 19).
Manifold students take collective pride in their personal appearance and act as rights respecting ambassadors in our school and local community (RRSA article 12). We use information intelligently to identify trends and clear goals for sustainable improvement in a moral and academic sense (RRSA article 17) and students adopt a Growth Mindset and solution based approach when they face challenges. Through Citizenship and Business the house focuses on the whole school community and its links and impact to the global community resulting in the highest standards of academic and moral achievement (RRSA article 29).