On entering Senior School, every student is allocated to one of six school Houses: Chartwell, Down, Knole, Montreal, Penshurst or Quebec. Sisters are allocated to the same House.
Each House has two Upper Sixth House Captains, elected by members of the House during the Summer Term of their Lower Sixth, who are responsible for organising House activities. Members of staff are also allocated to a House to lend support and help to their House Officials where appropriate.
The vertical grouping of the House system gives many opportunities for the girls to develop interpersonal skills, encouraging team work and the ability to collaborate and work with others, whilst also promoting the spirit of fair competition, leadership and the concern for younger girls.
House competitions such as the Inter-House Performing Arts Festival and Inter-House Sporting competitions enable all House members to represent their House. House activities are one of the practical ways in which we ensure that all girls are included in teams and enjoy the experience of public performance.
Outside the major Inter-House competitions House points are also awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding effort or service or who make a special contribution to everyday school life.
Each House is also responsible for preparing and producing school Prayers once a year and for raising money for their House charity during their designated fortnight.
2016–2017 House Captains
House Captains are the essential glue of the House system; organising House meetings, practices and rehearsals and galvanising and motivating their Houses to do their best. This year’s very deserving House Captains are:
Chartwell: Isabel Martyn, Suzannah Williams
Down: Charlotte Howard, Alice Lupton
Knole: Maisie Boulton, Liberty Green
Montreal: Annable Jackson, Emily Kenny
Penshurst: Amelia Ball, Rachel Livingstone
Quebec: Emily Goldsworthy, Lucie Hobbs
House Music Competition
One of the undoubted musical 'highlights' of the year, the annual House Music competition takes place at the end of the Spring term and is judged by an independent adjudicator . Montreal were crowned House Music Champions in both 2014 and 2015 after fiercely fought competition. Each House performs one song, and then an ensemble piece from different genres including; pop, country, rock anthems, alternative, R and B and power ballads!
House Athletics, Tennis, Rounders and Swimming Gala
These House competitions take place on separate afternoons during the Summer Term
House Lacrosse and Netball
An afternoon of energetic play and enthusiastic support characterise the annual House Lacrosse and Netball competition in the Spring Term.