At RSA, Arrow Vale we run a hybrid house system that allows us to be in a vertical mixed tutor system or a horizontal year tutor system.  At specific times and events we will run either system.  This allows our students to benefit from year interventions and peer mentoring. When in the vertical system students will be grouped with a mix of all years but aligned by our houses.

Following the huge success of the house system and the way in which pupils have engaged with it we have decided to re-launch our houses giving each one their own identity and mascot so making the houses more colourful and vibrant.

The houses are as follows:

The AIM HIGH Alligators


 The DISCOVER Dragons

 The EXCEL Eagles

Each member of our school community is allocated to a house and can gain points for them respectively.

Points are awarded by staff for Achieving in lessons, Attending on time, Extracurricular, Community activities, doing lunchtime activities and Supporting others to name but a few.

Throughout the year students take part in a number of competitions from sports to academic tests to quizzes and competitions in specifically identified house weeks that add points to their house. These competitions coincide with a sports day that acts as the decider for which house will take the coveted Governors trophy but more importantly will have bragging rights within the school for the next year.

With the re-launch also comes the introduction of house captains, these students leaders selected from our sixth form will ensure that moral remains high, the rest of the students are kept informed about the progress of their house and that come sports day their houses have the biggest and best banners, their face paints are applied correctly, and they cheer the loudest!


House Points are a huge part of enhancing learning and behaviour at RSA Academy Arrow Vale they are awarded to students to recognise hard work, high attendance, good/improved report comments and key assessments, work experience participation, taking part in after school activities (belonging to a team, taking part in the school show, intervention etc.), doing something out of the ordinary….in fact anything you think warrants recognition for effort.

Points must be given to….

· show that teachers recognise achievement

· ensure students know that their efforts are being recognised

· share and celebrate success in a variety of areas

· encourage more competition between students

· generate a sense of belonging to a tutor group

· bring a sense of worth and belonging to a house

· encourage students to participate in whole school and community activities

Five Points – RSA card (Recognition of Student Achievement):-

We all should be rewarding achievement equally (to ensure a level playing field):

RSA cards should be available during ALL lessons and tutor times (given for achievement NOT behaviour)

– Tutor group attendance/punctuality (weekly) – cards don’t need to be written for this, a tutor can enter these straight into the spreadsheet)

– Quality of work (achievement) and participation during lessons (not behaviour)

– Quality of work (achievement) and participation during tutor time/Learning for Life (not behaviour)

– Doing something out of the ordinary

– Helping someone (putting yourself out)

– Tutee of the week

– Student of the week

– Attending intervention

Twenty Five Points:-

Students often receive achievement certificates for other types of achievement (for attendance, Iris credits etc.) These should be given to the form tutor and twenty five points should be added.

Also, a tutor will often be able to reward students for their efforts in other activities. Those organising such activities should ensure they have certificates to give out

– Attendance Certificate (termly)

– Reports on track to reach all target grades (progress)

– Improvement in Key assessments (progress at each key assessment)

– Participation in extracurricular activities

– Work experience (good effort during work experience week)

– Supporting any school events (i.e. on parents evenings)

– School responsibilities (i.e. ICT monitors, prefects

– After school projects

– Partaking in after school sporting activities (playing for school teams)

– Partaking in assemblies (end of term)



























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