The House System at Park

One of the most important features of The Park Community School is its House system. It is a source of considerable pride for each student and on entering the School your child will be placed in one of the five houses: Chichester, Drake, Fortescue, Kingsley, or Raleigh. Each House has its own identity and colours, with students wearing their House colour as part of their uniform; on school ties for boys or coloured blouses for girls.

The House system provides students with opportunities to work together as a team and to compete in an open and friendly way. Multiple inter-House competitions run throughout the year, from academic and progress achievement awards to sport competitions. Each House also makes regular collections for charities of their choice and this plays an important role in the life of the school. In addition, each House meets once a week for a House assembly. From Year 7 onwards, students are encouraged to participate in House and School Councils which involve students directly in their school and ways of improving it. This is extended in Year 11 when students are encouraged to accept responsibility as prefects, led by a Head Girl and Head Boy with their deputies.

Parents soon get to know the Head of House and her/his deputy who will be responsible for guiding youngsters through their five years of schooling. The Head of House and deputy get to know families within their House, making for closer liaison between home and school, and gaining a better understanding of each individual’s needs. This system allows students to feel at home in the supportive smaller community of their House whilst also enjoying the opportunities a larger school has to offer.