From September 2019, students in the main school (year 7 – 11) will be placed in mixed-age groups for tutor periods only (not for taught lessons). This will mean that a typical tutor group in the main school will comprise approximately six students from each of year 7 to 11. There will be six houses, each with a new house name and each will be led by a Head of House (instead of a Head of Year), with each house comprising approximately eight, mixed-age tutor groups.
Students in the sixth form (year 12 – 13) will also be placed in mixed-age sixth form tutor groups for tutor periods only (not for taught lessons), with each tutor group comprising approximately twelve year 12 students and ten year 13 students. Whilst these sixth form tutor groups will still engage with the house system and related activities, it is felt that the type of support required at this stage of their education is so bespoke, that they require their own tutor group structure.
New house names
The new Houses will be:
Sir David Attenborough | Broadcaster and natural historian
(1926 – present)
Rosa Parks | American activist in the civil rights movement
(1913 – 2005)
Stephen Hawking | English physicist, cosmologist and author
(1942 – 2018)
Anne Frank | German-born Jewish diarist during the Holocaust
(1929 – 1945)
Jesse Owens | Won four gold medals in Berlin 1936
(1913 – 1980)
J K Rowling | Author of the Harry Potter series
(1965 – present)
These men and women will all have experienced joy and fear and demonstrated resilience, some in situations of incredible hardship. Each life is distinct from the others, but what they have in common is the admiration and respect that they inspire in us all.