What is the House System?
In much the same way that the Bede's community functions as a large, extended family, the Houses at the Senior School see pupils from all year groups integrated into family units of sorts.
While, on the one hand, the House System provides a superb platform for the hotly contested House Competitions, the Houses are primarily a means whereby the potential of each individual can be capitalised upon.
Each teacher at Bede's is linked to one of the ten Houses and is a Personal Tutor within them; the Housemasters and Housemistresses oversee these teams of tutors, ably assisted by their Deputies and, in the case of the boarding houses, the Resident Tutors.
This family-style organisation ensures the safeguarding of pupils and also maximises their academic potential; each subject teacher corresponds constantly with Personal Tutors and Housemasters and, as a result, the teachers in each House can intervene in whatever manner appropriate - be that to praise, encourage or simply help.
Additionally, by vertically integrating pupils from all year groups into each House, Bede's pupils benefit enormously from mentoring opportunities, both in terms of enabling pupils younger than themselves and in by being mentored by older pupils.
To help facilitate this, Bede's offers Mentoring Training to any pupils who wish to train and take on these responsibilities.
Elsewhere, each House also boasts a number of House Prefects; these Prefects can come from any year group, not just the Sixth Form, and take responsibility for overseeing House Councils, organising events, such as House Charity fundraising activities, and pass on recommendations for the improvement of the quality of life for their fellow House members.
All House Prefect at Bede's have to complete a formal application process and are given comprehensive training; those who then seek to can apply to be School Prefects in their final year at the School.
“ Making pupils count is what this place is about. Pastoral care is the most important thing we do. ”
Jerry Lewis, Principal Deputy HeadRead Mr Lewis' introduction to Bede's in full