House Points
House Competitions

Healthy competition is very much part of the academy ethos and, as such, all students are permanent members of one of the four academy Houses: Aidan, Cuthbert or Oswald. Inter-House competitions are always the focus of tremendous pride and passion, and students consider it a great honour to represent their House. These competitions range from sport to craft, baking to talent shows, public speaking to chess, with two notable highlights being Sports’ Day and X-Factor. All students are expected to participate in at least one House event every year, as well as participating in at least one event on Sports’ Day. Trophies and House Points are awarded for a variety of these events, culminating in the end-of-year total which decides the winning House. The overall House Cup is traditionally awarded at the Summer Presentation Event.

“Give the people the food from our table…we all eat again tomorrow.”



Oswald had a difficult early life, fleeing his home in Northumbria after his uncle seized the crown and growing up in western Scotland. He took rule of Northumbria following his uncle’s death. His reign saw him bring Christianity to Northumbria.



Oswald was a person who showed integrity, staying away and doing the right thing even when some might have accused him of lacking courage. In the end his determination and courage enabled him to win back Northumbria.  He then never gave up trying to keep Northumbria safe and lost his life fighting for the Kingdom.


There are many ways in which the House system seeks to recognise student achievements. Students gain recognition for out-of-academy activities through Presentation Events, House Assemblies, on the House pages of the website, through House Newsletters and in the weekly newsletter to parents. Digital screens throughout the academy also display student achievements. In assemblies, certificates, medals and awards are given out in recognition of success and effort and to inspire others.  On a day-to-day basis, students gain House Points individually, and prizes are given to reward students gaining the highest number of House Points each term. House Points are awarded to recognise where students are demonstrating the academy’s core values, through the quality of their work, through determination to learn a new skills or through notable acts of kindness to others, for example. Rewards include celebratory lunches with the Head of House, and family vouchers for a meal out or treat.




House Points

House points (formerly known as GOLD marks) are our day to day merit rewards. These are awarded for students who display characteristics in line with the academy’s core values. These contribute to the academy’s House competition, and are also linked to individual rewards.

Pastoral Merits

Heads of House and Assistant Vice Principals can give House points for students who are consistently good in attendance, punctuality, uniform etc.; looking in particular for students who would otherwise perhaps go unnoticed.

Post Cards

Post cards or letters of commendation sent home to parents.

Principal’s Race Night

Tutors in Year 5-9 nominate students who have shown consistent effort and have modelled the academy’s values but have not been rewarded in other ways.

Sent to Senior Staff

Students who produce outstanding work can be sent with the work to the Principal or one of the Vice Principals to be congratulated.

Special Commendation

Students can be nominated for Special Commendation for outstanding initiative or service and would receive a certificate at Assembly.

Principal’s Commendation

Awarded at the Principal’s discretion for outstanding performance or contribution to the life of the academy and recorded in the Study File.

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