Overview of our House system

Overview of House System at Sanders School.

We are very pleased to be launching a house system at Sanders. We are a proud school with a proud history. The House System reflects our desire to continue to provide meaningful experiences and opportunities for our students.


-To introduce a House System to Sanders school which directly links to our school values and the history of the school and local community. To provide our students with appropriate and positive role models and further develop their understanding of their own skills, qualities and responsibilities to our school and local community.

-All students to be attached to a ‘House’ as a form group - 5 houses across the school and each year. Current form classes will be individual House groups

-Houses to be based on key figures from local community and history. There will be a focus on WW2, the RAF and wider military. This is due to our ties to Raimund Sanders Draper and Hornchurch RAF.

-Students to be actively part of the process in terms of voting for house figures - they have undertaken research in RE around the school’s history and local community during WW2. Student voice have also been involved in the development of this.

-All house figures to exemplify our school values of: Teamwork, Hard Work and Transparency

Student leadership and voice (including house captains and representatives) will be closely tied with the House system - we will be relaunching our approach to this alongside the House system in September 2020

Progression and building on our House Heroes.

Throughout the academic year we will be reflecting on other Heroes, other than those who represent each house. This will be part of the 'Hero Project'. It will involve all students who will be reflecting on the qualities of a 'Hero' and considering their own actions as young people within our school and wider communities.

The focus areas for each year group will be as follows

Year 7 - Heroes involved in the RAF and our war efforts - looking at other local Heroes and those within the wider team of The RAF.

Year 8 - Heroes from Havering - Looking at Heroes from Havering both historical and current.

Year 9 - Heroes from around the World - Looking at Heroes from around the world and considering how we are 'Global Citizens'.

Year 10 - Heroes from my family and friends - Looking at how those within our own families and friends can be role models for us.

Year 11 - How I am a hero - Focusing on what actions each individual student must take to be their own hero, recognising this skills and qualities required within themselves.

The House system will be at the very heart of all that we do.

Celebration and achievement:

House boards - these will be maintained by the House Captain (Student leadership) who will oversee the following:

  • House Captain

  • House figure - information on and celebration of the house figure - their values and history

  • House statement

  • Weekly House attendance

  • Half termly House student of the term (each year)

  • House info and updates

  • House competitions for reward and achievement.

Competition and rewards will be based on house system - we will be running events throughout the year, ideas include:

  • Sports day

  • Inter house sports competitions

  • Attendance

  • Achievement points

  • Awards evening - House and Hero focused awards

We will also be revamping our rewards approach and again this will be linked to the House system and our proud history.