House system

House System

A great deal of research suggests that the House Group model has the potential to contribute to a greater sense of student well-being, a sense of student community, and higher student achievement and educational attainment. This model seems to hold promise especially for disadvantaged students, who are affected positively by smaller “schools-within schools” however we believe that there are major benefits for all of our young people within this system:

  • Improved Support for young people
  • Sense of competitiveness between Houses
  • Better communication between all stakeholders

House Group Time / Leaders (HGLs)

House group time is a structured and planned experience for 10 minutes at the beginning of the day which has been organised to allow pupils to adopt a positive and focussed approach to each school day. House group leaders will ensure that young people are given the general information that they require via a pupil PowerPoint presentation. They will also spend time reviewing the pupils’ merits and demerits, praising where appropriate and offering support and challenge where required. They will also spend time getting to individually know each pupil building positive relationships in order to support the young people to reach their full potential. They will also monitor absence and late coming working in conjunction with the Pupil Support Team. As well as this, HGLs will monitor attainment and achievement working with the House and Pupil Support Team to monitor, evaluate and support the progress of young people within the class.

House Groups 2015-2016

Bruce House: Technology/Science/Modern Languages

1B1 Mr Clark 0-066  
2B1 Mr Black 0-062  
2B2 Mrs Watt 1-063  
3B1 Mr   MacEwan 1-057  
3B2 Mrs Miller 1-021  
4B1 Mrs Barbour 1-002  
5B1 Ms Nimmo 1-035  
5B2 Mr Mitchell 1-040  
6B1 Mr Frankland 1-047  
6B2 Mr Wilson 1-031  


Erskine House: Social subjects/Maths/Pupil support

1E1 Mrs McAskill/ Ms Wall 2-026  
1E2 Mrs Jefferson 2-019  
2E1 Mrs Hensby/ Mrs Boulton 2-010  
2E2 Mr Smillie 2-001  
3E1 Miss Carlin 2-011  
4E1 Dr Penman 2-027  
4E2 Mr Nicoll 2-009  
5E1 Mrs Ferguson / Mrs Ross 2-006  
5E2 Ms Freeland 2-007  
6E Mr Veitch/Mrs Wilkie 2-008  


Schaw House: Health/English/Creative&Aesthetic

1S1 Ms Robertson 2-033  
1S2 Mrs Young 0-099  
2S1 Mrs Sykes 1-007  
3S1 Mr Hornsby 1-008  
3S2 Mrs McKeich 0-043  
4S1 Mrs Rankin 1-011  
4S2 Ms Ramsay 0-062  
5S1 Ms Ferguson 0-094  
6S1 Mrs McFarlane 0-061  
6S2 Ms Alexander 2-032  

 Pupil Support House Group Team

The House Group Team consists of Depute Head of House, Principal Teacher of Guidance, three associated Faculty Heads and all House Group Leaders in that particular House. There are three House Group teams representing Bruce, Erskine and Shaw. There is a weekly House Team meeting to discuss any issues that young people have and support strategies to help with these issues. The meetings involve The Depute Head of House, the associated P.T Guidance and an associated Faculty Head who attends on a rotating basis. Minutes and actions are produced for this meeting and circulated to staff.

Principal Teachers of Pupil Support – Guidance (PTPS)

Principal Teachers of Pupil Support have responsibility for all classes within their house in a vertical guidance structure. They work together with the relevant DHT, Faculty Heads and House Group Leaders in relation to routine pupil support issues for their house as well as the more complex issues relating to “high tariff” support and interagency cooperative working. The Pupil Support staff are responsible for the pastoral care and development of the pupils in their house. Together with the Principal Teacher of Additional Support Needs they are responsible for ensuring that appropriate support for learning is available as required and where necessary identifying pupils for whom special exams arrangements may be necessary. They are also responsible for the planning, delivery and evaluation of the P.S.E programme. Principal Teachers of Pupil Support will interview each pupil in their caseload at least once every year and will be involved in all issues relating to course choice and review. Your child’s guidance teacher will be the first point of contact for you within the school.

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