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House System

The house system is a traditional feature of many British schools. Historically it was associated with schools where a ‘house’ refers to a boarding house. In the case of a school like Portfield, the word ‘house’ refers to a grouping of children. The children are divided between four houses, which are named after local individuals that have made a significant difference to our world. 

Portfield Primary Academy has rich and varied curricular and enrichment programme for students to participate in, ranging from community and charitable work, to musical, dramatic, sporting and artistic activities. There are so many ways in which our students engage in the wider life of the school that it seems only fitting to ensure that the house system is used as a vehicle to reward student participation. The house system aims to build relationships, foster a sense of pride, encourage students to take on the leadership role and provides opportunities to give back to school life.


  • A stronger school community that all students and staff feel they actively belong to.
  • Working with students from all years, we hope to create role models and cross year partnerships.
  • Students recognised and rewarded for performance in and beyond the classroom.
  • Rewards for exceptional community work and charity efforts.
  • Regular opportunities to stretch and explore leadership, social and group working skills with students from different years.


What does it look like?

  • A House Cup is awarded in July each year to the winning house.
  • House Points are awarded for things we already monitor in school such as attendance and punctuality etc.
  • House assemblies each term to support the calendar of events and competitions and build team spirit.


House Points

House points can be awarded to students for a variety of reasons. For example:

  • Demonstrating one of our school values (respectful, caring, resilient and aspirational)
  • Confident and positive attitude to work
  • Polite / good behaviour
  • Outstanding attendance
  • Academic and/or sporting achievement
  • Representing the school
  • Being awarded star of the week