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House System and Student Leadership

House System and Student Leadership

Student leadership opportunities offered at Roding Valley ensure that students can find a role which suits their skills set and develops their transferable skills. Sixth Form Student Leadership means that students act as role models and mentors to years 7 to 11. There are a number of opportunities which students can apply to hold. When promoting students to these positions we look for their commitment to the whole school community and an open and approachable nature.

The House system is designed to embody the values and ethos of the school and aims to be an integral part of our school community. In time, it is our ambition that the House Captains and the School Council will work together creating a stronger pupil voice to motivate students and further the community spirit of the school

Student Leaders and House Captains 2021-22

Student Executive
Our Head Boy and Head Girl are the pillars of our whole school community. They embody ARE (Aspiration, Respect, Endeavour) and play an important role in promoting student voice across the school. They are ably supported by Deputy Head Boy and Girls. They take responsibility for different aspects of student leadership such as House Liason, Charities and Subject Ambassadors.

House Captains
Our sixth formers also have the opportunity to apply to be House Captains in year 13 and Deputy House Captains in year 12. These positions give them the opportunity to lead their house to victory in house competitions. They are required to lead inspirational assemblies and support younger students. Our House Captains lead representatives from each year group lower down the school through the House Leaders positions.

Subject Ambassadors
One sixth former has been nominated by subject staff to represent their subject. They are chosen if they embody all the characteristics to be successful to that subject. They are responsible for promoting their subject as well as mentoring students who need additional support in a particular subject area. Ambassadors are responsible for leading Subject Leaders in the lower years.

Sixth Form Captains
This role requires students to play a vital role in developing the sixth form community. They are responsible for supporting new year 12 with the transition from GCSE to A level and for planning important sixth form specific events, such as the prom.

Our Houses

Churchill House

Named after Sir Winston Churchill, the great wartime leader and Prime Minister, who was a member of parliament of the area for over 30 years.

Hawking House

Named after Professor Stephen Hawking, recognised for his contribution to Science. As sadly Professor Hawking passed while we were naming our houses, we thought it was a fitting tribute.

Pankhurst House

Named after Sylvia Pankhurst, campaigner for votes for women, daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst who lived in the local area for over 30 years.

Rendell House

Named after Ruth Rendell, celebrated author who attended a local school that was one of the predecessors of Roding Valley High School.

Murray House

Named after Lord Len Murray of Epping Forest. Lord Murray lived in Loughton for over 50 years and is the same person that Murray Hall is named after. A local resident who was a national figure.

House System Objectives

Our aim is to provide every pupil in each House with the following:

  • a sense of belonging within the school community
  • opportunities to develop social, intellectual, physical and practical skills
  • a sense of achievement both inside and outside of the classroom
  • fun and excitement through competition
  • opportunities for leadership
  • an awareness of individual and collective responsibility
House Organisation
  • Pupils are assigned to one of the five houses on entrance to the school in Year 7 where they remain until the end of Sixth Form; younger siblings will become a member of the same House.
  • Each member of staff is also attached to a House.
  • Each House has two designated Year 13 House Captains who will act as representatives for all the students in their House throughout the year by: helping co-ordinate house teams, organise activities and events and represent their House at relevant meetings.
  • Following an application process, from each year group and each House, two House Leaders are appointed to further develop leadership amongst our students.
Guidelines and Information


Each House at Roding Valley High School is in competition with each other to achieve the highest number of House points at the end of each term and most importantly by the end of the year when there will be prizes.

Regular House point totals will be advertised on the House notice boards and TV screens around the school.

Pupils can contribute to their House point totals in a number of ways both in and out of the classroom. All pupils are expected to participate in at least one of the many House events/activities.

  • Achievement points – pupils are awarded achievement points for outstanding effort and achievement.
  • House activities – every curriculum area provides at least one House activity organised throughout the year for all year groups to enter. These activities are outlined on the school website calendar and will be advertised with further details on how to get involved on the student briefing over the year.
  • Clubs – pupils can also earn House points for their involvement with clubs inside or outside school. These can be achieved by pupils showing commitment through high attendance, outstanding effort and achievement. The teacher will then add their House point to their running total, which will automatically count towards their houses overall running total.
  • Achievement – pupils can also earn House points for varying achievements such as: Jack Petchey, where students are nominated by staff for showing a positive attitude to school life and its community.
  • Extra-curricular competitions – pupils can also earn House points if they regularly enter competitions advertised in school for: representing their school, showing commitment and an active sense of involvement with extra-curricular opportunities.
  • Attendance – students who achieve 100% attendance in a term.