House System

The house system generates a sense of identity which helps students to develop leadership skills, respect, loyalty, responsibility and healthy competition.

On admission, students are allocated to one of the four Houses:

  • Avon
  • Derwent
  • Severn
  • Trent


Each is led by a Head of House, who together with their Deputy Head of House and Tutors, monitor and track effort, standards and behaviour. Our Houses all have their own distinctive characteristics, yet all of them have the same very high expectations of pupils.

Each of our Houses have their own Student Leadership Team led by the Head Boy and Head Girl. They provide a role model for younger pupils and ensure that all pupils in the Houses are working towards a common goal; all pupils aspiring to be the very best that they can be.

At regular times in the year students are award points for outstanding effort, outstanding attendance and contribution to extra-curricular activities. Exceptional student effort is recognised at our annual Awards Evenings when pupils are awarded ties and certificates for trying to be the best pupil they can be at Dormston School.

There are also peer mentors from Years 10 and 11 who work closely with younger students to support and guide them, as well as a team of Pastoral Officers, Attendance Officers and Administrators to ensure the school day runs smoothly.


Our pastoral system ensures that:

  • All children attend school regularly
  • Behaviour is of the highest possible standard
  • All children are able to learn in an environment that is calm and respectful
  • All pupils respect their environment
  • All pupils are able to join in with a vast and varied range of extra-curricular activities
  • All pupils aspire to be the very best that they can be.


AVON's motto is 'Make it Count' which is always at the very heart of what Mr Amos and I encourage Avon pupils to do on a daily basis; whether this be to make the most of every lesson or to get involved in extra-curricular activities either inside or outside of school. Embracing opportunities to become the very best version of themselves through working hard in school or learning a new skill in a club, really means a great deal to the Avon team and as staff we strive to lead by example. Our charity work with The Beacon centre for the Blind is in its 4th year now and to date we have raised thousands of pounds to help this very worthy, local charity. AVON pupils are encourage to 'do their bit' for charity both inside and outside of school and to help those in need at school too. To that end, our Student Leadership team are key in helping to smooth the transition from primary to secondary school or supporting pupils who have struggles along the way either with homework, organisation or making friends. AVON pupils are encouraged to care for others as well as themselves and to always 'Make it Count' so they leave school not only armed with academic qualifications, but with  life experiences and a positive outlook as well as compassion for others.

Leadershipteam avon


In Derwent House we are always striving to make the next day better than the last. We expect our pupils to be in school every day and put maximum effort into every lesson. Any time behaviour falls short of perfect, pupils can expect to be chased up and procedures put in place to rectify the situation.

We are a successful House- and this is because of the fact that we care. Our highly successful Charity Days prove this. Our pupils have raised over £5,000 in the past two Charity Days as they know that working together and doing something good for the benefit of others is what is right.

Derwent consistently have the best attendance and the least referrals. This is down to the dedication of our students and a commitment to be the best. Even better than that, what makes our House special is that pupils are so proud to be part of our team. They wear their badge with pride. Their successes are always celebrated by certificates, trips and more and any issues are always dealt with. Students are supported by a wonderful tutor team, Deputy Head of House Miss Leigh and Head of House Mrs Downie - steering the ship in the right direction. 

Leadershipteam derwent


Severn’s ethos is to ‘work hard and never give up’ this is the foundation of what Severn has built so that the pupils within the house can strive to their best potential and embrace every resource the leadership team offer. This is highlighted through the mentoring scheme the leadership team have embarked on as they talk and listen to the students in younger years. They can help make the transition from primary school easier or they can help by being a friend or a friendly face in the corridors. Severn’s motto is that ‘the future belongs to those who prepare for it today’ this is demonstrated through Mrs Ward and Mrs Hines as they help prepare students for the future by leading by example and the Head Girl and Head Boy act as role models.  Our charity work for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital has helped raise thousands of pounds, both inside and outside of school, with Severn pupils using their own initiative and creativity to help prepare a stall or raise money by partaking in something they would never have done before. Therefore in Severn house the ideal pupil is one whom tries their best, may not always succeed, but learns from their mistakes and keeps trying by embracing the opportunities there are to offer and keeps working hard, so that when they leave secondary school they have fulfilled their academic goals, but also have created positive memories which they can cherish for a long time.

Leadershipteam severn


‘Achievement through effort’ is the fundamental objective of Trent house, for pupils to accomplish academic and personal goals through hard work, determination and commitment. Mrs Brayshaw and I encourage Trent pupils to strive for the very best, feel proud of their efforts and celebrate in all successes. On a daily basis Trent pupils will show kindness and compassion to help and support each other to create a positive ethos and caring community whereby all pupils feel safe to be individual and unique. There are various opportunities for pupils of all years to take on an active role within the House which give pupils a sense of responsibility: with our Leadership Team doing a fantastic job steering key events throughout the year, and the Mentoring Team helping year 7 through a smooth transition, and support pupils who need a little assistance with homework, organisation and confidence building. Trent house is always proactive with ideas, exploring new opportunities through initiating extra-curricular projects such as the Triathlon club, which is very successful. Over the last four years Trent house has built a strong relationship with the Georgia Unit as Russell’s Hall Hospital, in which over £4000 has been raised to help this well deserving local charity. A variety of creative events organised by pupils  include obstacle courses, a 5k run, sponsored individual challenges and stalls which offer an array of opportunities for money to be raised. With effort being one of the key indicators of achievement and success, Trent pupils will leave school knowing that they have done their very best, moving on to new and exciting ventures.

Leadershipteam trent