House System

The BSSP House System

What are School Houses?

The House System is used to promote team identity and competition. Commendations and other competitions (sport, music, academic) contribute towards the House Cup, which is awarded at Prize Giving at the end of the academic year.

All students are allocated to one of four Houses when they join BSV: Shackleton, Franklin, Eliot and Turing, with siblings being assigned to the same House. The Houses run across the school and students meet regularly in their House group.

Each House supports a different charity and is run by a House Leader.  During the year we raise money through our various events and fundraising activities, the proceeds are divided at the end of the year between the houses. The House with the most House points receives the biggest donation for their chosen charity.


Sir Alan Turing OBE FRS was an English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist. He was a key figure in the development of both the computer and artificial intelligence, as well as the leader of the cryptographers who cracked the Nazi's Enigma code.


Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton CVO OBE FRGS was a polar explorer and a principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. His harrowing, heroic journey across the ocean and incredible story of endurance that it represents is why he continues to be celebrated as an explorer to this day.


British chemist Rosalind Franklin is best known for her role in the discovery of the structure of DNA, and for her pioneering use of X-ray diffraction. She was known for her contributions to the discovery of the molecular structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), chromosomes that serves to encode genetic information.


Mary Anne Evans known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Born in England in 1819, novelist and poet George Eliot is best remembered for writing classic books like Middlemarch and Silas Marner.​

Why is the House system important?

The House system promotes the following qualities:

  • Independence – Undertaking leadership roles and organising events
  • Teamwork and Leadership – Taking part in competitions, hosting charity events and being part of the House leadership team
  • Self-discipline – Being rewarded for effort and time management (part of the commendation scheme)
  • Presence – Performing in assemblies and music House competitions
  • Awareness – Making a difference in the local community and the world around us
  • Decency – Supporting House charities
  • Courage – Being confident and ambitious

How can students help their House?

  • Put themselves forward for House positions
  • Earn more commendations towards their House total
  • Help during school events such as the Christmas Bazaar and Summer Fair
  • Visit the chosen charity to see how they can get involved
  • Participate in House sport, music, maths, science, art events and many more

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