The Arcadia Preparatory School operates a traditional British house system that fosters teamwork, resilience and sporting etiquette. There are four houses, which are named after popular fictional children’s characters: Hood House, Potter House, Poppins House and Baggins House. Each of these houses has their own unique emblems.
How are Houses assigned?
Each pupil is assigned to a house for the duration of his or her time at The Arcadia Preparatory School with siblings also joining the same house. Involvement does not stop there, however, as all family members also become fully-fledged members of their child’s house. Each member of staff is also assigned to a house and will remain in that house for their entire tenure at our school.
Features of the House System
Being a member of a house enhances each pupil’s sense of identity and belonging and creates a spirit of friendly collaboration and cooperation through a wide range of inter-house competitions and special events across year groups, Key Stages and the whole school. Houses provide a mutually supportive and positive vertical structure whereby senior pupils support and interact with younger pupils. A sense of pride and belonging is developed and enhanced through the House system. Fun and friendly competitions, across both sporting and academic pursuits, bring out the very best in our children and serve to give every child the opportunity to contribute towards his or her house, to the school and to the wider community.
House points are awarded on a daily basis and any member of staff may award house points. Points are given for high standards of work, consistent improvement, general helpfulness and manners, consistent positive behaviour or sustained effort.
Supporting the ‘Arcadia Values’
There is a strong link between the House system and our goals of promoting the Arcadia Values. The Arcadia Values of Positivity, Respect, Tolerance, Creativity, Independence and Compassion define the key attributes of an Arcadia pupil and encapsulate our aspirations for the whole school community.
All House points are recorded weekly and count towards the Arcadia House Cup, which is awarded at the end of each term. These points are then tallied to provide an overall score at the end of the academic year. The winning house is awarded the Valrani Shield.
A running total is displayed on the screen in the school reception and on the school website so that children, parents and the wider community can keep up-to-date with the points for each house throughout the year.
- House Master (a member of our teaching staff who takes the leadership responsibility to manage their House)
- House Captain (a Year 5 pupil who is selected by a process of interview)
- House Vice-Captain (a Year 2 pupil who is selected by popular vote).
The House System provides exciting opportunities for the development of leadership skills among our pupils.