The Tynings School has a four-house system. The names of the houses were chosen by the children and staff of the school and are as follows:
- Eastleigh House (BLUE) – after the main entrance to the school, which is in Eastleigh Close.
- Page House (ORANGE) – after Page Park in Staple Hill.
- Teewell House (GREEN) – after Teewell Hill and Bridge, just down from the school.
- Rodway House (YELLOW) – after Rodway Common – a recreation area near to the school.
Why do we have a House system?
The Tynings School will be a 420-place school from September 2017. For younger children particularly, a larger school may mean they do not get to know older children as well as they did in a smaller school setting. For older children, we need to ensure we are giving them as many opportunities to show care and responsibility for younger children.
A four-house pastoral system offers the children a “family” of 100 children, made up of children from Reception to Year 6. (While we do include Reception in a house as soon as they come in, the EYFS team will bring this on-line in January; our Reception children need to “belong” to the class before we introduce an additional layer.)
It provides eight of our older children another chance to be young leaders; House Captains (Y6) and House Vice Captains (Y5) and gives many of our events an additional meaning; good behaviours, activities and competitions, attendance, etc., have House Points attached to them.
It gives children an idea of the value of House Points (almost like a “virtual currency” as they are handling physical tokens) where we all work together.
It does not replace anything we have had in the past – the class with the best attendance is still celebrated, the individual children are still praised through celebration assemblies. It enhances the sense of belonging for children as a “community within a community”). It does not replace School Council; their role is very different. A school councillor can also be a captain / vice-captain, a digital leader and a librarian.