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 Mrs Collyer (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

Please see Mrs Collyer or Mrs Peet if you would like to get involved in our house system!

Head House Captain

Ashley Flello

Deputy House Captains

Ellie Waskett
Ellie Wollard

Social Media Role

Yasmin Khan

Treasurer Role

Dennis Earle
Zoe Ranger

Secretary Role

Lois Wright

Communications Role

Molly Dorman


Ashley Flello
Connor Woods
Tyler Thistlewaite


Ellie Waskett
Ellyn Seath
Casey Camp
Tilly Hooper
Caitlin Best


Jorja O’Grady
Sophie Dewhurst
Tom Wilkins
Katie Morris
Marley Thistlewaite
Jairo Greenfield
Kavan Hurling


Ellie Woollard
Ellie Jessup
Charlie Allum

Stort House Leaders

Logan Reid (Year 7)
Piper Sweett-Heals (Year 7)
Harry James (Year 8)
Lily Shillito (Year 8)
William Beaumont (Year 9)
Sam Chandler (Year 9)
Will Gilbank (Year 10)
Paige Squires (Year 10)

Hadham House Leaders

Jake Smith (Year 7)
Murray Clarke (Year 7)
Hartley-Anne Langley (Year 8)
Neala Goddard-Bird (Year 8)
Sophia Coles (Year 8)
Leighton Bishop (Year 9)
Rishel Pereira (Year 9)
Jodie Field (Year 10)
Mollitta Sturrock (Year 10)

Dane House Leaders

Evangelene Doyle (Year 7)
Rejs Gjoni (Year 7)
Charlie Osbourne (Year 7)
Amelie Higgins (Year 8)
Alfie Hobday (Year 8)
Matthew Reader (Year 9)
Dillon Browne (Year 9)
Elizabeth Okubanjo (Year 10)
Jessica Hobday (Year 10)

Waytemore House Leaders

Ruby Rowland (Year 7)
Mateus Bezerra Tiosso (Year 7)
Harry Gilbank (Year 8)
Callum Dargue (Year 8)
India Purton (Year 9)
Rosie Pressland (Year 9)
Cecilia Davey (Year 10)


St Clare Hospice Logo


St Clare Hospice is a local charity and each year they care for hundreds of people across West Essex and the East Hertfordshire border. they provide free, compassionate care and support to adults who are living with a life-limiting illness, facing the end of life or experiencing bereavement.


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.

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:










L-R: Stort, Hadham, Dane, Waytemore

Total House Points:

Autumn Term

L-R: Stort, Hadham, Dane, Waytemore









Updated 11/3/2019

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.

Student House Points

Categories Points Awarded for…
Academic achievement 2 For excellent results in an interim test or controlled assessment.
Contribution in class 2 Fantastic work or participation during a lesson
Excellent home learning 2 Going above and beyond with a piece of home learning
Excellent progress 2 Showing clear improvements in a subject area.
Excellent effort 2 Showing determination or perseverance
Helping at a school event 10 Volunteering at a faculty/whole school/ house/leadership event.
Personal progress 2 Making improvements for something that is not subject related
Random act of kindness (RAK) 5 Doing something positive for a fellow member of the Birchwood Community
Regular participation in a school club 5 5 points each half term for regular attendance to a club.
1st place School Competition 10 Taking part in a school competition and coming 1st place.
2nd place school competition 5 Taking part in a school competition and coming 2nd place.
3rd place school competition 2 Taking part in a school competition and coming 3rd place.
Litter Picking 2 Keeping the community clean by litter picking

Staff House Points

Categories Points Awarded for…
Friday Sport 2 Attending a Friday Sport session
Assisting school products/ concerts 3 Helping with a school production or concerts
Awarding a RAK 1 Awarding a RAK to another member of staff or student
Running a club 5 Running an extra curricular activity/ club
RAK 5 Doing something positive for another member of the school community
Staff House Event 3 Taking part in a staff house event
Staff House Event- Organise 5 Organising a house event
TLDW/ MED 5 Completing a TLDW project or a MED
School Competition 5 Organising a school competition
1st place 10 1st place in a school competition
2nd place 5 2nd place in a school competition
3rd place 2 3rd place in a school competition
Litter picking 5 Organising a form litter picking session

Latest News and Events


Latest News


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.

Head Boy & Girl Team

I am pleased to announce the new Sixth Form Leadership Team as follows:

  • Head Girl – Phoebe Butler
  • Deputy Head Boy – Thomas Davenport-Jones
  • Deputy Head Girl – Nancy Saunders
  • Head Prefect – Matthew Gleeson

Special thanks go to our outgoing Sixth Form Leadership Team who have done a brilliant job this year. We wish them well in their exams and their future careers.

Dr Ingate, Principal