The house system is a very important part of Academy life.
The four houses are:
Head of Houses: Miss Birch
Each house has its own values with the general ethos being geared towards caring, teamwork, responsibility, support, achievement and enjoyment.
The Sports Day Shield carries the Latin phrase “res non verba” which means “Actions not words”.
Over the course of the year, there are numerous house events. There is something to cater for everyone’s interests. Here are just some examples of the events which are offered to all pupils:
Houses collect points for their endeavours throughout the year with the winner gaining the house trophy.
1. House Names
Originally, Heathfield School, which preceded the current Academy, was spread around the Old Hill and Cradley Heath area and on several sites. There were 5 houses – Mace (named after Macefields School), Old (Old Hill), Heath (Cradley Heath Secondary School), Cwm (short for Ysgoldyr Cwm) and School.
Cwm House is named after house represents our Mountain Centre in Wales, Ysgoldyr Cwm . This is pronounced “Iss-gold-eer Cum” and means “School in the Valley”.
2. House Colours
Old – Yellow. Heath – Green. Mace – Blue. School – White. Cwm – Red.
1985 was the year when ‘School’ house was removed from the system.
It was decided that the house system needed a fresh start and new names were needed. A competition was organised and was won by Lydia Hook (a year 8 Cwm student at the time).
5. Previous Heads of House
School: Mr M Adamson
Old/Bredon: Mr D Varty, Mr M Adamson, Miss B Williams, Mr J Carpenter, Miss E Johnson, Mr D P Morris.
Heath/Clent: Mr L Parsons, Miss P Halford, Mrs J Cheslin, Mrs C Wildboar, Mrs J Turner, Miss Orme, Miss K Wilkes, Mr J Ward, Mr N Watkins, Miss Granger, Miss Deeny, Mr Iliffe.
Mace/Malvern: Mr F Pattinson, Mr D Castles, Mr D J Morris, Mr R Spear, Mr S Creevey, Miss R Bennett, Mr A Seddon, Mr P Corbett, Mr M Murray, Miss G Alldritt, Miss H Tonks, Mr Bradley, Miss Barlow.
Cwm/Snowdon: Mrs S Neale, Mr A Watts, Miss C Bennett, Mr N Penn, Mr Gill, Miss Goodridge.
6. Longest serving Head of House
The current longest serving Head of House is Mr D Morris (Bredon). He began his role in 2001.
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Most Sports Day wins – Bredon (10) Snowdon (10), Malvern (4), Clent (1)
Most House Trophies – Snowdon (9), Bredon (10), Malvern (4), Clent (1)
The Double – Bredon (7) Snowdon (5), Malvern (3), Bredon (3), Clent (0)