The House System at Arden continues to be immensely popular amongst the students as it allows them to enjoy themselves and be competitive in the ever increasing stressful and results orientated education system. Its main purpose is to help produce happy, confident and competitive students who take pride in their Houses and more importantly feel they are a part of Arden Academy. Whether they collect points, are a House Representative or Captain or represent their house in the many competitions that are on offer, students enjoy the opportunity to contribute. Most importantly the House System allows students to learn beyond the classroom.
The overall system is organised and led by Miss O'Brien and Miss Kelly with each House having House Heads to assist with the organising of each House. Houses are as follows:
- Attenborough - Mrs Butler
- Curie - Mrs Joseph
- Parks - Mrs Hammond
- Darwin - Mr Fletcher
- Nightingale - Mr Wilson
Each house consists of two forms from each year group. Form tutors also take an active role in helping with the House System. The Houses are a mixture of students of all ages and they all contribute to the House events. Points are awarded to Houses for various aspects in each event, for turning out, winning and effort. Pupils are also awarded points for their contribution at extra-curricular clubs, helping at Parent’s Evening, competing for the school and helping at Open Evening. This is an important part of the Rewards and Sanctions Policy at Arden as it celebrates student’s wider contributions and achievements in the Arden community. The competitions consist of a wide range of disciplines, from catering and photography to creative writing and sport.
Sports Day is also a whole Academy event in the summer which sees the Houses competing in many different track and field events. As well as this, the Summer Term also plays host to House Music, an inter-house performing arts competition, and House Tennis for Year 10 pupils. House Tennis is a staff-student inter-house competition, accompanied by strawberries and cream!
The House System at Arden has evolved to meet the needs of students in the twenty-first century and will continue to do so in the years to come in order to help the students receive a rounded, and more importantly, enjoyable education.
All students have a house colour on their blazer so they know where their allegiances lie and every time they take part in an event they are awarded one house point. These accumulate and pupils are rewarded accordingly; mainly with a ‘Colour’ for the highest achiever to be awarded in the celebration assembly at the end of the year.
Scores will be updated at the beginning of each half-term, based on the previous half-term.