Our House system is built upon healthy competition in which everyone can contribute. This can include academic efforts, competitive termly sport, music, debating, chess, fencing and many other competitions. The battle is for the pride of the Haston Cup which is awarded at Harrow School on Speech Day at the end of the academic year.
In Pre-Prep pupils from Year 1 are allocated to Whales, Tigers, Pandas or Elephants and they will belong to that House until entering Middle School. At this point they will enter one of 4 Houses named after former Headmasters; Hastings, Hopkins, Broadrick or Julians. Siblings are housed together and a House is allocated for the duration of a pupils time at Orley Farm.
Each House is balanced as far as possible in terms of numbers and the talents of the pupils. Each term there is a closely fought House Competition. This is decided through a strict ratio of effort scores, house points and a number of sporting and artistic competitions. In its simplest form, 50% is based on academic effort and drive and 50% on other competitions. The final total is a closely guarded secret from pupils and staff!
The Houses meet regularly to talk about coming competitions, to celebrate individuals who are contributing well to the House and to reinforce their own identity in which individuals can find another ‘team’ aspect to school life. Housemasters and Housemistresses lead these meetings supported by a Head of House and two Deputies elected at the start of each year.
The Houses are encouraged to be competitive and to strive to do their best individually for the sake and benefit of the whole of their House. At the same time the children must appreciate the efforts and victories of others, remembering that as long as they have done their best nothing more can ever be asked. The House system has the added benefit of bringing all ages of the school community together and it enhances the bond and the responsibility of the older pupils to be role models and to care for the younger children in our community.