Oxford Spires Academy has a vibrant House system which is the source of guidance, care, support, and encouragement to achieve. Many activities and competitions are undertaken both within and between Houses which help form students’ pride in their House and encourage healthy and productive competition between groups. There are four Houses, which are listed below with the names of each Head of House:
- Bannister – Miss Trafford
- Earhart – Mrs Minton
- Seacole – Mr McKenzie
- Tolkien – Miss Shuttleworth
Our House system is unique and has proved to be a great success. Each student and family will belong to one of our 4 houses: Bannister, Earhart, Seacole and Tolkien, led by an experienced Head of House and a number of student leaders. It is expected that each House develops its own identity and with evident strengths and unique qualities.
Membership to a specific House is not only apparent through the colour of your child’s tie and jumper embroidery but through your child’s behaviour, energy and positive contributions to their learning.
The House system develops a culture of enrichment and healthy competition which raises aspirations. It is our intention that every child takes part in the many opportunities available to them and participates in the various House competitions to extend their learning and enrich their time with us. Through working with the different members of staff and students we will encourage all students to be comfortable with the notion of sensible risk– taking and joint responsibility.
Through the House system your child will be recognised and rewarded for their commitment, contributions and good attendance and punctuality. They will receive House points, commendations, half colours and full colours, which count to the overall House points. Each year the House trophy will be awarded to the House with the most points. Therefore, every contribution your child makes matters for them, their tutor group and their house.
Students’ personal tutors will remain with them throughout their academic life. Siblings are members of the same House.
Leadership opportunities for your child within the House system
The House system provides many leadership opportunities for your child, regardless of age. Students who are awarded leadership positions are positive role-models for all students and support the Head of House in the development of all House events.
- Head Boy/Head Girl
- Leadership team including Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl
- House Captains and Vice Captains
- House Prefects
Year 7-Sixth Form
- Tutor Representatives
- Student Forum Representatives
- Other leadership opportunities