Every pupil and staff member at Bristol Gateway School will be assigned to a house. The House system is a long standing tradition that creates competition, promotes good work and behaviour, encourages teamwork, provides opportunities to take on responsibilities and brings everyone in the school together.
It has long been proven that house systems and good behaviour management reduce negative behaviours in schools:
“restoring traditional features of school life such as uniforms, houses with different colours leadership and school council badges combined with whole-school/house assemblies had 'lasting impact that was disproportionate to their scale'.
Rigorous setting by ability and 'zero tolerance' for bad behaviour and bullying has helped heads directly combat under-achievement.” (Ofsted 2008)
Inspectors also said it was crucial to instil in pupils a sense of belonging and house systems assisted with this.
The report added: 'Elements such as uniform, assemblies and changes to the times of the school day were often used well to change the perception of the school among parents, pupils, students and the local community. Schools in deprived areas were being encouraged to experiment with prefects and house systems. To embed a sense of belonging.’