Each student and member of staff is put into one of three houses:
- Austen House
- Montgomery House
- Spenser House
Each student will try and collect as many house points as possible in order to help their house win the House Trophy at the end of the year. All departments will be running challenges as well as house points being available for items such as a good piece of project style homework, good answers in lessons, assisting others.
Students earn points for their house in one of the following ways:
Consistent positive attitude to learning
Progress/attitude to learning in a subject
A magic moment within a lesson
About Austen House
“United by Pride & Passion; In pursuit of Excellence”
As you may have guessed, Austen gets its name from Jane Austen, the much loved novelist who we associate with Chawton, the house where she lived for 8 years.
Congratulations to all of the pupils and staff in Austen for currently holding the House Cup!
I have had the pleasure to lead Austen House and witness the drive and determination pupils have displayed throughout the school to do their very best, from winning sports days to raising money for our chosen charities. The very ethos of the House system is to create a community that works collaboratively as a team, whether you are a year 7, year 11, or a member of staff.
The whole school community has embraced this ethos and it was once again magnificently represented in an overwhelming House assembly at the end of the year. I know that competition will continue to be fierce this year but I am confident that we will all do our very best to hold on to the trophy for another year!
Mr Matt Farris
Head of Austen House
About Montgomery House
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Albert Schweitzer
Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein was nicknamed "Monty" and the "Spartan General”. After an illustrious Army career, he died at his home in Isington, near Alton at the age of 88. He was interred in Holy Cross churchyard, Binsted
To be leading Montgomery House this year is such a privilege. This is my first year of being a House Leader and working with an awesome group of talented, enthusiastic and brilliant students. We have won the house cup before and we will endeavour to do it again. My newly appointed House Captains and Charity Representatives will help organise and guide the Monty students to success this year. It’s not all about winning it’s also about taking part and involving each student in the House System ethos, understanding what makes us a great House within a wonderful school, working with the community on new projects and ensuring we do our very best to earn house points to win the cup.
Good luck Monty House!
Mrs Lucy Tomkinson
Head of Montgomery House
About Spenser House
Edmund Spenser was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is often considered one of the greatest poets in the English language.
He is supposed to have lodged at 1, Amery Street in Alton for a time. A plaque sits above the door that reads: ‘Here lived Edmund Spenser Poet – 1590’.
As Head of Spenser House, it has been my pleasure to be a part of the House system in the last three years, seeing it grow and develop, not just by us House Leaders, but through the enthusiasm and creativity of the staff body and pupils. I have witnessed a real fervour for all things Spenser and a keen competitive ethos has evolved within the school, inspiring all to continue to challenge themselves.
Although Spenser lost the trophy last year, there were many successes to come out of the year. We saw amazing charity work done all around the school, a gargantuan amount of House points and postcards were earned, as well as some true athletic determination shown on the sports days! Spenser has reigned victorious before…and we will again!
Now that the House system is truly a huge part of the school’s culture, I am excited to see what this next year brings. Already we have lots of ideas that far exceed what we have done before; the last three years have shown us that the sky’s the limit in terms of what we can do with a House system. I hope to see our students, staff and community continue to embrace it and allow it to shape and enrich their school lives. I look forward to seeing you all “go the distance” this year, once again!
Miss Kim Glassett
Head of Spenser House