We have recently introduced a House Points System at Raynham Primary School. Children are grouped into four house teams. These are Keats (blue), Forsyth (green), Dugdale (red) and Clementine (yellow) House. Every child and member of staff is given one of these four houses to support. Each child is placed in a House on entry to school and remains a member of this team throughout their time at the school. Siblings are placed in the same house team where possible. House and Vice Captains are elected from Year 6 pupils and they provide positive leadership to the children in their house and the various competitions and events organised throughout the year. Teaching and non-teaching staff also belong to a house, with the exception of the Headteacher, and they encourage and support the children in positive team building through the house system.

Houses and the House Captains 

Each House is represented by their House Captain and Vice House Captain. In the autumn term, Year 6 children prepare speeches to explain why they would make good House Captains for the academic year and pupils vote for their preferred candidate in September. The House Captains are responsible for leading their House in competitions and events, and representing the school in the community and a range of school events and activities. The responsibilities of the House Captains are:

  • to set an example to the other children 
  • to earn house points and encourage others to do so 
  • to represent the house when collecting awards 
  • to be somebody others can turn to for advice 
Earning House Points 

House Points can be awarded by all staff to children for a variety of reasons:

  • Good attendance 
  • Polite, well-mannered behaviour 
  • Demonstrating a caring attitude towards peers 
  • Working to the best of their ability 
  • Putting special effort into a piece of work 
  • Neatly presented work 
  • Positive attitude towards work 
  • Sporting achievement 
  • Taking part in competitions and events 
  • Spelling Shed
  • Maths Challenges / Maths Shed 
  • Weekly quizzes 
  • Sports events
  • Helpful approaches to different situations

House Points are awarded for achievement and positive outcomes.

House points are awarded using the following guidance: 

  • 1 house point for an achievement
  • 2 house points for a special achievement (e.g. something that goes above and beyond) or a group achievement (e.g. for winning a class-based team game)
  • 3 house points can be awarded for extra special achievements by the Senior Leadership Team 

Every week, the house points are counted by our House Captains and a weekly winner announced during our Achievement Assembly every Friday. House points are then tallied over the course of a half term and an overall winner is announced and awarded the shield. At the end of the year, once all house points are tallied, the House Champions will be announced. The winning house will be awarded the cup and will receive a special treat. This system aims to encourage a real sense of pride and achievement for the children. It fosters community spirit and gives the children an opportunity to contribute to something bigger, which involves children from all year groups. The older children are positive role models and take on a pastoral role for the younger children.