Through the House system, we seek to further foster our sense of school community and students' sense of loyalty. There are increased opportunities, not only for leadership but also responsibility and competition. Through this, we hope to engender a real sense of accountability to each other as well as giving our students the skills to work successfully with people of all ages.
The aim of our House system will raise standards, expectations and aspirations. It will further create group loyalty which can have a powerful shaping influence on behaviour. We strive to increase, through the House system, students' confidence in being open to experiences which will help them engage with their learning.
At West Hatch, we take very seriously our responsibility to ensure that we give our students the “edge” when they leave us and compete for places at top universities and jobs.
We aim to put students in the driving seat early on in their school careers so that by Year 12 and 13 they are able to do fantastic things and have acquired the sorts of skills employers want. To this end, we proactively target the opportunities we can offer our students, via our new House system. Senior students from Years 11, 12 and 13 lead House events, organising sport, competitions, charity fundraising, music, drama and dance activities and performances. They are peer mentors, positive role models and are called upon to give advice and guidance to younger students at key times in the year.