The House System

Vision and Core Principles 

Our vision is to develop, implement and grow a House system, effective for all people at the School. One that identifies our community as: 

  • encouraging healthy competition,  
  • valuing participation,  
  • providing opportunity for personal growth and leadership, and 
  • extending our beliefs to support those less fortunate than ourselves. 

Basic Structure. 

Four houses are organised in a vertical structure, with students from Years 7 to 13 
Tutor groups will have mixed houses, and students will be assigned to a House when they enter the school. In most cases, siblings will belong to the same House. 
Each House is led by a member of staff, assisted by House Captains selected from Year 11 following an application process. They are also supported by Sixth form as mentors.  
All staff are also assigned to Houses and we meet approximately once a half-term for a House assembly in a designated area of the school. 

Student leadership. 

All students will have the opportunity to lead, with each form having a representative for each House [so four reps per form]. Any decisions or ideas will then be fed to House Captains and the Head of House for further discussion. 

Student participation and House Points 

Students will earn points for their House through; 

  • Participation in school activities – ranging from clubs to Open Evening.  
  • Placing in competitions.  
  • Attendance and merits.  
  • Out of school events that reflect positively on the student and/or school. 

NB Consequences are not linked to the House Point system.  

House Names 

The Houses are named after persons of note of any Nationality, no longer alive, who embody the Core Qualities of Ridgeway Academy: Respect, Responsibility, Relationships. All House members are expected to know the Legend of their House. 

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after Nelson Mandela: the first black president of South Africa, who after being imprisoned for thirty years, was freed and led a multi-ethnic government to bring an end to apartheid.



after Elizabeth Garrett Anderson: the first woman to qualify as a Doctor in Britain and founder of the country’s first hospital for women.



after Stephen Hawking: the noted physicist who contributed deeply to our understanding of the physical world and space, and worked despite suffering from Motor Neurone Disease.



after Constance Lytton: the suffragette, writer and speaker who campaigned for prison reform and women’s rights under an alias to avoid special treatment due to her family connections.