All students and staff at Dormers Wells High School are allocated to one of six Houses.
The House System promotes the qualities we want our students to aspire towards and achieve. It challenges them to get involved with a number of school events and competitions building resilience, integrity and confidence. Membership to a House fosters a sense of belonging and identity.
The House System also promotes cohesion across different Year groups with older students leading, supporting and inspiring younger ones. Inspiration from the Global Institute for Student Aspiration (GISA) was sought which identifies eight conditions which affect aspiration:
Belonging- feeling like you are a part of a group, while knowing you are special for who you are.
Heroes- having people who believe in you and are there for you when you need them.
Fun & Excitement- enjoying what you are doing whether at school, work, or play.
Sense of Accomplishment- being recognised for different types of success, including effort.
Curiosity & Creativity- asking “Why?" and "Why not?" about the world around you.
Spirit of Adventure-being excited to try new things, even if you don't know that you will excel.
Leadership & Responsibility- making decisions and taking responsibility for your choices.
Confidence to Take Action- setting goals and taking the steps you need to reach them.