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House System & Head Boy

House System

Aims

Traditionally a feature of many British schools, House systems often indicate specific Boarding Houses. In Slindon College's case the House system refers to a grouping of students. 

Running through the heart of Slindon College is its vertically tiered House system. This system aims to facilitate associations and bonds between the different year groups. By fostering a sense of pride, encouraging team building, community spirit and peer mentoring, it promotes involvement in competitions, and develops social skills not just with fellow peers but with pupils of different ages. 

There are so many ways in which our pupils engage in the wider life of the school, through the rich and varied curricular and enrichment programmes, ranging from dramatic activities to charitable work. Our House system enables pupil participation to be recognised and rewarded. 

Our House System

Our pupils are divided between four Houses, each named after an English Peerage. A Head of House and prefect oversee main activites for each House.

Norfolk

Head of House: Mrs Maureen Sargeant

Prefect: Finn Bishop

The Duke of Norfolk is the premier duke in the peerage of England, and also, as Earl of Arundel, the premier earl. The Duke of Norfolk is, moreover, the Earl Marshal and Hereditary Marshal of England. The seat of the Duke of Norfolk is Arundel Castle in Sussex, although the title refers to the county of Norfolk. The current duke is Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk. All past and present dukes have been descended from Edward I (see Dukes of Norfolk family tree). The son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, was Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey; the earl was descended from both Edward I and Edward III.

 

Sussex

Head of House: Mr Paul Burbidge

Prefect: Leo Mitchener

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex is a member of the British royal family. He is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and is sixth in the line of succession to the British throne as Grandson of Queen Elizabeth II.

Harry underwent officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was commissioned as a cornet (i.e. second lieutenant) into the Blues and Royals, and completed his training as a troop leader. Harry launched the Invictus Games in 2014 and remains patron of its foundation. He also gives patronage to several other organisations, including the HALO Trust, the London Marathon Charitable Trust, and Walking With The Wounded.

 

Richmond

Head of House: Mrs Teresa Miles

Prefect: Oliver Hobbs

Duke of Richmond is a title in the Peerage of England that has been created four times in British history. It has been held by members of the royal Tudor and Stuart families.

The current dukedom of Richmond was created in 1675 for Charles Lennox, the illegitimate son of King Charles II of England and a Breton noblewoman, Louise de Penancoët de Kérouaille; Charles Lennox was also made Duke of Lennox a month later. The Duke of Richmond and Lennox was furthermore created Duke of Gordon in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1876, meaning that the Duke holds three dukedoms— plus, in pretence, the French Duchy of Aubigny-sur-Nère— more than any other person in the realm.

 

Cowdray

Head of House: Mr Tom Belcher

Prefect: Theo Stapleton

Viscount Cowdray, of Cowdray in the County of Sussex, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1917 for the industrialist Weetman Pearson, 1st Baron Cowdray, head of the Pearson conglomerate. He had already been created a Baronet, of Paddockhurst, in the Parish of Worth, in the County of Sussex, and of Airlie Gardens, in the Parish of St Mary AbbotsKensington, in the County of London, on 26 June 1894, and Baron Cowdray, of Midhurst in the County of Sussex, in 1910. His son, the second Viscount, sat as a Liberal Member of Parliament for Eye. His son, the third Viscount, after serving in World War II where he lost an arm, was Chairman of the family firm of Pearson Plc from 1954 to 1977. The titles are held by the latter's son, the fourth Viscount, who succeeded in 1995.

Head Boy and House Prefects

Supervising the House Prefects is the Head Boy. During the College's end of year celebrations the Headmaster announces the successful candidate to be Head Boy for the upcoming year. The Head Boy and House Prefect are chosen to undertake various responsibilities for Slindon College and set a prime example for their peers.

This year, Cormac Wilson takes up the mantle of Head Boy. The four House Prefects were selected in House Period at the start of this term. 

Head Boy: Cormac Wilson

 

To find our more about the history of Slindon House click here