House System & Tutor Groups
**UPDATE** - We are moving to a new six-house system from September 2022, see this letter for more details. Updates will be provided here over the next few months.
Every student joining Calthorpe Park becomes a member of one of our four Houses. The Houses - Da Vinci, Kilby, Marie Curie and Somerville - are named after eminent historical figures who embody a philosophy of the school, a set of values that we hold to be important and central to our aspirations. They have been chosen because these people’s lives, achievements and dispositions are considered both individually and collectively to mark a way of being that our school considers worthy.
There are some central strands running through our choices: kindness, generosity, ambition, curiosity, perseverance, imagination, loyalty, adaptability, conviction, organisation, decisiveness, personal drive, methodical approach, honesty, justice and hard work.
Collectively the lives and values of these people echo the ethos of the school:
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519)
Known for his work in the fields of art, science, engineering, architecture & anatomy.
Jack Kilby (1923-2005)
Known for his work in the fields of physics & electrical engineering
Marie Curie (1867-1934)
Known for her work in the field of radioactivity
Mary Somerville (1780-1872)
Known for her work in the fields of science & mathematics
Each of the Houses has a Head of House who is supported by members of our pastoral team. These include tutors, pastoral assistants, the Attendance Officer, medical staff and school counsellors. Our House system operates using a vertical tutoring system, whereby students from all year groups (7-11) are grouped together to form each tutor group. Students quickly form loyalties to their House and achieve a true sense of belonging.
The tutors, through their daily and regular contacts with their group, build up an understanding of each of its members and help to ensure that the experience of being at school is one of thriving and personal growth. This includes supporting and dealing with a myriad of situations and concerns allowing the bond between tutor and student to develop whilst also allowing students to gain a better understanding of themselves and those around them. This is further enhanced because each tutor stays with their tutor group from a student’s arrival to the point at which s/he leaves Calthorpe Park School. They become the guide, advocate, mentor, first-point-of-contact and trusted adult for each student as they pursue their journey through the school.
Our House system acts as a link between the different age groups in the school, providing students with opportunities for working and playing together.