The House System

The House System

The House System is an integral and long-established system at the heart of Blue Coat whereby every child feels a sense of pride. Our House System offers a range of exciting extra-curricular opportunities for every child. Each pupil who attends Blue Coat is either a member of Lord Mothersill, Rountree Wrigley or Birley Hall. The Houses are named after distinguished former school governors. Each House has two heads and two deputy heads from the sixth form who motivate and encourage all students within their House to participate. Through healthy competitions, we unite all our students and create a shared sense of purpose and belonging.

Our Aim

Our House System aims to develop the ‘whole child’ and equip them with the vital skills for the ever-changing world beyond the school gates. We help students to grow and develop as people by celebrating our cultural diversity. We provide cross-curricular opportunities outside of the classroom to promote creativity, passion and autonomy. We inspire our students to lead events, as well as instilling them with the willingness to cooperate and work together in order to achieve a common goal. The House System also takes pride in giving something back to the community by raising money for charity.

Inter-House Competition

The Inter-House Competitions are run every month across a number of disciplines. Our annual Swimming Gala is by far the longest competed event with an impressive level of participation across all Key Stages, and a growing number of parents who come to watch. The Junior Sports Day ensures House points are obtainable through a range of track and field events. Some of our competitions are also subject to change each year as we are passionate about ensuring The House System is current, reactive and topical.

The Team


“Some of my happiest school memories are from taking part in House Activities. When I joined my secondary school I was the only boy who came from my primary school. Taking part in House Activities helped me to make friends. These friends are still my best friends today and 20 years on we still talk about the fun we had.”

Mr Wild


“To me the House System is one of the most important aspects of school experiences and allows students to develop personal achievements as well as a sense of individual and collective responsibility .

It gives pupils many opportunities to engage in new and exciting experiences and encourages teamwork through not only year groups but Key Stages.

The House System emerges the different personalities, backgrounds and experiences from all staff and students and further embeds the values and principles we uphold as a school community through discussions, events and sports.

I feel strongly that students need to keep hold and cherish the memories and stories they have experienced not only within the lessons but, away from the lessons during their social times.

I have of my own experiences in the House System when I was at school and I am really looking forward to sharing my experiences of the House System with students from other schools and colleges and listening to what they can offer to us as a school to improve and gradually continue to grow the SMSC system, pupils and staff. “

Miss Richardson

House and SMSC activities include:

  • European Week of Languages
  • The Blue Coat Bake Off
  • A Festival of Cultures and Advent
  • Swimming Gala
  • The Blue Coat Fashion Show
  • The Blue Coat Talent Show
  • The Blue Coat Race for Life
  • Junior Sports Day
  • Spelling Bee
  • Poetry Competition
  • Murder Mystery Event