Kingswood House is proud to support many worthwhile causes in keeping with our charitable status. It is our policy to help charities who directly work with children, as much as possible. Our main source of fundraising comes from “House Days” which are organised by House members and staff throughout the year. However, there are many other days where we work in tandem with external organisations to raise the profile of important initiatives - such as 'Hello Yellow' for the National Mental Health Awareness Day and 'Show Racism the Red Card'.
The House System
At Kingswood House, pupils are placed into one of four Houses when they join the school: Drake, Marlborough, Nelson or Wellington. House points are awarded for academic effort and attainment or at a teacher’s discretion for successfully representing the school’s values in association with The Kingswood House Way. Regular competitions are also held across sport, art, music and drama which generate a lot of excitement from the participants! The House points are accrued on a weekly basis and the House with the biggest total wins the House Cup each term – there is also an overall winner of the House Cup at the end of the academic year which is presented at Prize Giving. Each House also chooses a charity to support at the start of term for that academic year; in 2022-23 the choices are,
Drake – Children in Need; Nelson – Great Ormond Street; Marlborough – Helen Arkell Dyslexia & ‘Love me, Love my Mind’; Wellington – NSPCC
Boys and girls are assigned to vertically streamed House Families within their Houses. The idea is adapted from a concept from St Andrew’s University, where each new student is assigned a second year “parent” and a final year “grandparent” with whom the fresher can spend time and become accustomed to their new surroundings. As such, our students have been carefully divided into “families”, each of which boasts a cross-section of pupils from Lower Prep, Upper Prep and Seniors. They work as a team in House Meetings on a fortnightly basis as well as during their House Day and it is hugely rewarding to see the great mentorship in evidence between older pupils and their younger counterparts.