Our house system is an important part of school life at Melksham Oak. It provides students with opportunities to shine outside the classroom and it’s academic, community, and competition elements embody our own school moto, which is to “try hard, be kind, show respect”.
Our house system has been in place since 2012. It has the following aims:
- Drive improvement in academic standards.
- Develop student leaders.
- Create dynamic competition.
When the house system was created, a democratic vote, all decided by the students, led to the creation of our 4 houses, named after stars: Castor, Omega, Polaris, and Sirius.
We quickly developed a team of student leaders who mentor others, create competitions, and support the school in a range of ways. Staff too are all affiliated to houses, which helps to maintain the camaraderie around school.
The ethos behind the house system is really clear: it is a vehicle that provides opportunities both in and out of the classroom, having a real impact in the school community.