The house system is an integral part of the pastoral system at Gad’s Hill School. It allows every student and member of staff to feel a sense of belonging by becoming a member of Beatty, Haig, or Wellington and develops a real sense of loyalty and camaraderie. By being a member of the house family, students and staff are encouraged to show team spirit as all of the houses thrive on the ethos of “it’s the taking part that counts”.
Each student has a coloured school tie that represents the house that they are in, with each house overseen by a devoted and much-loved Head of House. This breaks down barriers between the year groups and creates a sense of togetherness; encouraging the older students to look out for the younger ones.
There are many house events throughout the year from all areas of school life. This blend ensures that everyone has the opportunity to represent their house in something that they enjoy or are good at. For example house events include various sporting activities, fundraising for charity, drama competitions, and quizzes. Staff lead by example and take part in exactly the same events as the students. These competitions regularly attract crowds of supporters cheering for their house.
All students have the opportunity to earn ‘Jembeck’ Points for their house. These are awarded for things such as good work, contribution to lessons, and participation in house competitions. Students can also gain valuable ‘Jembeck’ Points every week for merely doing the right thing.