At Denefield School we have a house-based guidance system which provides students with a very strong sense of belonging, within a safe and supportive environment, not only when they first join Denefield, but also throughout their time in the school.
The house system allows us to provide enjoyment, a sense of competition and a team ethos through regular curriculum and extra-curricular based house activities and challenges where students work collaboratively to earn valuable house points and raise funds for their respective house charities. Above all, however, the house system fosters a sense of family and community.
There are four houses: Kentwood, Langley, Norcot and Sulham. Each house, led by a Head of House, Deputy Head of House and non-teaching Student Manager, consists of 10 vertical tutor groups made up of students across years 7-11.
Students receive daily care, guidance and support in their vertical tutor group. This helps to break down social and cultural barriers within school, creates a supportive family atmosphere in the tutor room, and allows learning conversations to take place, both between tutor and student and student to student.
Trophies are awarded on an annual basis to the house with the most house points, the house with the best attendance and the house raising the most for their house charities. House celebration assemblies take place on a termly basis to recognise and reward students’ achievements and successes.