Our House System
Every child from Year 3 to Year 6 is a member of one of our Houses. We operate a ‘House System’ with 5 houses - each representing one of the 5 Inglehurst arrows. It was our Pupil Leadership Team that developed the names of the houses:
Leicester's Abbey Park
Leicester's Bluebell Wood
Leicestershire's Bradgate Park
Leicester's Victoria Park
The largest park in Britain
Children remain in their House for their whole school career at Inglehurst Junior School.
The main purposes of our House system are fourfold:
Identity - Collaboration - Competition - Leadership
Identity - The House system was introduced in January 2023 (with a Bluebell house added in September 2023) to support and foster positive relationships through a strong sense of responsibility and community for all the children in the school. By dividing the school into 5 smaller groups we also allow students to develop their sense of belonging.
Collaboration & Competition - As a large three-form entry school, we are keen that children across the age ranges should get to know one another. Therefore, there are opportunities where the children take part in inter-House competitions and activity workshops.
Leadership - The house system is also a vehicle for our SMSC curriculum, promoting an understanding and direct experience of democratic systems and procedures. House Captains are due to be elected for the first time this year. Children in Year 6 will self-nominate and then present to their House. Every child in the House then votes for their new House Captain.
The children talk very positively about the House system and take great pride in working together to make the school the best place it can be. House points are awarded for all sorts of effort, contribution and positive attitudes to learning. Every term, the House Cup is awarded to the House that has earned the most points in that time with a special prize awarded to the winning house. Annually the House Trophy is awarded to the House that has accumulated the most points in that year and pupils get to enjoy a large party on the school field.
Each house has a male and female house captain elected by their house members. During the first few months of each school year, year 6 pupils put forward their names to be a house captain. They go about campaigning by making posters and stickers to encourage their house members to vote for them. On voting day, the captain nominees address their entire house with a speech to try to win more votes. House members then have a chance to vote for who they would like to be their house captain - democracy in action! Once selected, the 10 house captains form the House Committee.
Some of the key responsibilities of our house captains include:
To be a role model in terms of attitude, attendance, behaviour, manners and appearance to all members of their house
To liaise with other house captains and the staff team
To organise house meetings and communicate clearly and effectively with all members of the House Committee
To help organise and support house activities including, Inter-house competitions that don't involve sports (as that is the role of the house sports captains)
To support the staff team and pupil leadership team with jobs as and when necessary
To wear the house captain’s badge with pride
House Sports Captains
Our Sports Council run a range of activities during lunchtimes and they also decide upon a manage house sporting competitions throughout the year. We have a timetabled schedule of events displayed on our sports board which communicates to the children which lunchtime activities will be ran on each day and informs pupils about upcoming house competitions. The Sports Captains are responsible for overseeing the activities and for ensuring that they run smoothly.
Just like our house captains, each house has a sports captain elected by their house members. During the first few months of each school year, year 6 pupils put forward their names to be a house sports captain. They go about campainging by making posters and stickers to encourage their house members to vote for them. On voting day, sports captain nominees address their entire house with a speech to try to win votes. They also try to demonstrate a sporting skill. House members then have a chance to vote for who they would like to be their sports captain - democracy in action! Once selected, the sports leaders form the sports council.