The House system is widely used in British schools and schools that model themselves after the British system in countries with past British colonial ties, such as Australia, Canada and Singapore. The system began in boarding schools, where students actually ate, drank, and slept in individual houses during school terms. The House system still operates this way in prestigious British boarding schools, such as Harrow and Eton, and, of course, at Harry Potter's alma mater, Hogwarts!
Byron College's House System is an integral part of our Whole School Policy. On joining the School, every member of staff and pupil is assigned a House: Theseus (Red), Perseus (Blue) and Hercules (Green).
- The Houses provide not only an increased feeling of identity and belonging, they also provide pupils with a sense of tradition, pride and leadership opportunities
- Rather than horizontal year groupings, it emphasises the vertical, where pupils have contact with fellow House members in different years
- The system aims to engender a spirit of House loyalty and pupils can gain credit for their House through a wide range of activities, e.g., the annual House Sports Day
House points are awarded based on the following categories: academics, sport, music, art, drama, community service, and spirit.