Walthamstow Hall’s strong Senior School House system encourages students of all ages to get to know each other and collaborate in the many inter-House activities over the course of each academic year. The vertical grouping of the House system gives many opportunities for the girls to develop inter-personal skills, team work and the ability to work with others, whilst promoting the spirit of fair competition, leadership and the concern of the older for the younger girls. Competitions like House Music and the different House sports competitions are fought with a fierce, friendly and fun spirit and enable all students to represent their House. This is one of the practical ways in which we ensure all girls have the opportunity to be included in teams and to enjoy the experience of public performance.
Every student belongs to one of six Houses, all named, coincidentally, after large houses in the local area;
- Chartwell (home of Winston Churchill)
- Down (Charles Darwin’s home)
- Knole (home of the Sackville-West family)
- Montreal (formerly a large country estate in Sevenoaks)
- Penshurst (after Penshurst Place)
- Quebec (the home of General Wolfe).
Students are allocated a House as they join the School. Sisters and family members are assigned to the same House and the daughters of Walthamstow Hall ‘old girls’ can also be a member of the same House as their mother was. Every student has a House shirt and blazer lapel badge in their House colour.
- Chartwell – Royal Blue
- Down – Purple
- Knole – Light Blue
- Montreal – Green
- Penshurst – Red
- Quebec – Pink
There are two Year 13 House Captains for each House, elected by senior students and staff members of each House in the Summer term of Year 12. House Captains are responsible for organising House activities. Members of staff are also each allocated to specific House to lend support and to help House Captains where appropriate. Deputy Head, Mr Howson has overall responsibility for Houses.
Inter-House Competitions take place every term.
|Autumn Term||Bench Ball|
|Spring Term||House Music|
Over the course of the academic year each House also raises funds for a House charity of their choosing. Every House delivers a House Prayer to introduce their nominated charity and then undertake fund raising initiatives.
House points are earned through the House competitions but also to individuals. Teachers award House points for outstanding effort and service and these are logged on dedicated pages within girls’ Student Planners. Students who accrue the highest numbers of House Points are announced in the final assembly of the School year where the annual House Cup is awarded to the House with they most points.