Every member of the school belongs to one of the four Houses which are named for four Shropshire Castles. The colour of the school emblem on students’ sweatshirts represents the House colour.
Our House system incorporates vertical tutoring, where tutor groups comprise of students from each year group. This does not affect our teaching groups, but enhances the pastoral care and guidance that we provide.
We feel that this House and tutor system benefits the students and the school in the following ways:
• It creates a cohesive and familial school community where students know and work with students from other years.
• Younger students spend time regularly with older, positive role models.
• Students support one another and understand the stages that they will go through as they move through the school.
• Students have opportunities to develop their social skills through working with students of different ages.
• Tutors can attend to small numbers of students at critical times for them, e.g. New Year 7s settling in; Year 9s making option choices; Year 11s revising for GCSEs.
• Bullying is reduced, as older students see younger ones as members of their tutor group with whom they associate and look out for.
• Students benefit from a sense of belonging to their House.
As part of our commitment to the local and wider community we support four House charities. During the school year each House runs charity events to raise money for their particular charity.
A spirit of healthy competition is central to the House system. Students compete in a series of House competitions and challenges during the year. Points are awarded for participation and success in these events and are added to the tally of individual points awarded for excellent work or helpful behaviour. The winning House overall last year was Whittington with Ludlow gaining victory on Sports Day.
In Year 11, students are rewarded for their commitment towards independent research and their willingness to attend support/revision sessions. Students have loyalty cards and each completed card puts them into a raffle to win a voucher every half term. We are committed to ensuring that our students are rewarded for their personal commitment. Students are also working towards achieving their Prom Pass, a set of targets that they must meet to be invited to the legendary Belvidere School Prom.
Our new team of prefects for 2019-20 has now been appointed and is doing a great job setting a positive example to younger members of the school.
The students took part in a rigorous process to become prefects. They completed a written application, which was considered alongside their behaviour and attendance record, and were then interviewed for the post by their Head of House. It is always inspiring to have so many of our very busy, older students genuinely wanting to give up some of their precious time to help younger students and to act as ambassadors for the school. Belvidere Prefects help out at key events such as Open Evening and are also given duties to help ensure that the school day runs smoothly. These duties involve helping to supervise year 7 and 8 students in their zone; advising younger students at the ‘drop-in’ session in Room 7 as well as befriending and mentoring vulnerable students in the Personalised Learning Centre.
We wish the team well in their new roles!
Emily Johnson Tozer
Daniel Hanna Davies
Rejerrah Hosie Meese