House System

The House System has become an integral part of the student experience at Birchwood and continues to grow year on year.

The System is built upon the key principles of ‘Encouraging all, Supporting all and Welcoming all’ and strives to provide all students with a diverse range of opportunities and experiences that encourage engagement and community cohesion.

Birchwood House Shields


Each House: Hadham (Red), Waytemore (Yellow), Dane (Green) and Stort (Blue), is led by a team of Sixth-Formers; the House Captains. The Captains work collaboratively with Miss Dedman (Head of the House System) to arrange a wide variety of inclusive House Events, Competitions, Charity events and Assemblies.

Each Tutor group has been allocated one of the House colours (2 per House per Year group) so that the students and Tutors can support and encourage one another.

Houses and Captains

Head House Captain

Holly Salmon

Deputy Head House Captain

Millie Boom

Social Media Role

Yasmin Khan

Treasurer Role

Dennis Earle
Zoe Ranger

Secretary Role

Lois Wright

Communications Role

Molly Dorman


Oliver Rawding
Zoe Moore
Millie Boom
Holly Salmon
Zoe Ranger


Riley Moreton
Morgan Ridgway
Yasmin Khan
Jade Law


Zoe Veriender
Lois Wright
Molly Dorman
Dennis Earle
Ben Elms


Kelly Flello
Annabel Wilson
Morgan Jones
Zaqueu Ramos
Hannah Apen
Joe Kemp



Essex & Herts Air Ambulance is a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS); providing a free life-saving service.


The Fire Fighters Charity assists thousands of serving and retired fire service personnel and their families in times of need.


The Sparkle Foundation is a non-profit organisation set up to create sustainable brighter futures for orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi.


The International Ambassador Program

House Points

The House Points System aims to recognise all contributions towards school life made by the students. This is in the spirit of creating a culture in which individual achievements are celebrated as a collective and students can experience a sense of belonging. Academic, extra-curricular and pastoral achievements are all recognised via the System. The winner of the Annual House Cup is announced during the last week of term in a whole school House assembly.

There are many ways in which students are able to earn House points…

  • House Events:  Sports Day, Birchwood’s Got Talent, Strictly Birchwood, Band Night…
  • House Competitions: Countdown, The Cube, Design a poster/ticket, Big Fat Quiz of the Year…
  • School Activities: Being part of a School Production, signing up to the Duke of Edinburgh Award, logging on to view Interim reports…
  • Random Acts of Kindness (RAK): Students are nominated by others for these points
  • Attendance: 100% Attendance = 10 Points; Green (above 96%) = 5 Points; Improving from Red to Amber = 10 Points
  • Behaviour Bonus:  For every day students in a house receive no On-Calls, their House receives 1 Point
  • Achievements: Every Achievement point received by a student is converted to a House point

Weekly House Points:

Week 11









Updated 4/2/2019

L-R: Stort, Hadham, Dane, Waytemore

Total House Points:

Autumn Term

L-R: Stort, Hadham, Dane, Waytemore









How to earn House points

For your reference, house points are awarded according to the following schemes. Staff and students are all able to earn house points.

For all competitions, the points awarded are as follows:

  • First Place: 150 Points
  • Second Place: 100 Points
  • Third Place: 50 Points

Student Points

  • Interim student log in rate – whole tutor group: 50 points
  • Zero on-calls in your house: 1 collective behaviour point per day
  • Taking part in house/school events and competitions: 5 points per individual entry or 30 points per form entry
  • 1 Achievement point: 1 House point
  • Attending an extra-curricular activity: 1 participation point every time you attend a club
  • RAK: 10 points per nomination
  • 100% Attendance: 10 points
  • Leading a club or event: 50 points
  • Parental involvement: 100 points

Staff Points

  • Friday Sport: 10 points per half term
  • Assisting with school productions/concerts: 50 points
  • Running an extra-curricular activity: 100 points per half term
  • RAK: 25 points
  • Taking part in a staff house event: 5 points per entry
  • Organising a staff house event: 100 points
  • CPD activities e.g. attending an extra course, running an INSET session or hosting a Learning Forum group: 50 points
  • TLDW Project: 100 points
  • Organising a school competition: 100 points
  • 100% attendance per term: 100 points

Latest News and Events


Latest News


Sparkle Malawi

We would like to wish Sparkle Malawi a very Happy Christmas. This is one of our chosen House Charities this year, we are working in conjunction with The Cornelius Group to raise money and awareness of this charity. Sparkle the Unicorn is travelling around the UK with her passport, visiting various
companies who are supporting this charity this year. Sparkle Malawi's founder Sarah Brooke’s story is quite incredible. Whilst having a gap year from University and travelling through Malawi, she became seriously ill. She was rushed to one of the few hospitals in Malawi and given life-saving treatment because she had insurance and could afford to pay. While she was there, she saw children and adults receive inadequate medical treatment and often die as a result. This inspired her to set up Sparkle Malawi. Since 2015, Sparkle Malawi has helped educate 800 children, make 4700 medical interventions and serve 66,000 meals.



Inter form

Inter Form Christmas Decoration Competition

The winners of this year’s inter form Christmas Decoration Competition are 7MCN who excelled themselves with the
Christmas theme including paperchains, snowflakes, festive log burning powerpoints, Christmas songs and festive scents! 8MCX came a close
second with a very impressive door decoration of Father Christmas. Well Done to all the forms who put the time and effort into entering the competition.



First major House fundraiser of the year

The whole school took part in our first major fundraiser of the year. Students came into school wearing non uniform and donated £1.00. Staff and students generously donated cakes for our cake sale. Many Sixth formers and staff dressed up in Halloween costumes giving the whole event a spooky atmosphere.

Our competitions included:

  • All forms taking part in a carve a pumpkin competition and the winners were 8CLE.
  • Brady Payne in 11CCO won “Guess the sweets in the jar” competition.
  • 12THS won the Halloween quiz and finally the Best Dressed member of staff went to Mrs Cuddington.

The staff raffle winners were:-

  • Luxury Darceys Candle Winter Bundle – Mrs Byers
  • Gift Voucher for Rosey Lea Cream tea for 2 people – Miss Morrison
  • Voucher for Handsome and Gorgeous in Bishop’s Stortford – Mrs Cox
  • Voucher for Heroes' Diner – Dr Allen
  • Voucher for Coach and Horses in Thorley – Mrs Barnard
  • Bath Bomb Collection from Heavenly Bubbles – Mrs Young.

We raised a massive £1503.97 for our charities Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, International Ambassador Programme, Sparkle Malawi and The Fire Fighters Charity.