At Alder we have six house teams. The form that your child is allocated in Year 7 will determine the house team that they are in.  Each house is named after a species of the Alder tree; Rubra, Incana, Nitida, Crispa, Cordata, and Viridis.  Students must wear the correct colour variation of the school tie for their house (see table below).

Being part of a house gives our students a sense of belonging and increases their intrinsic motivation; it contributes to raising achievement and drives our culture of pride and success.  Each year group has one form in each house and this allows students to support each other, no matter what year group they are in.

Students all have their own House Passport, which is used to record, log and monitor their participation in school life and achievements as they work towards achievement badges.  In addition, each week, house points are awarded to form groups with the highest attendance and achievement points totals so that students challenge and support each other in the pursuit of excellence at Alder. 

To be awarded an achievement badge there are a number of challenges that must be met.  These challenges focus on supporting the vision of our school so that students can fulfil their potential by developing a passion for learning, building resilience, developing a love of learning, all in the pursuit of excellence.

Throughout the year, there are a number of subject-based and whole school house competitions, for example; World Book Day, Modern Foreign Language Spelling Bees and Sports Day!


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