All students belong to a House where there will be House competitions, charity and community events plus other opportunities for students to earn their House points.
When students start at Bourne Academy they belong to the same House throughout Years 7 to 13. To identify which House students belong to, they wear a round coloured House badge on the left lapel of the school blazer. The House badge is an important part of the school uniform and should be worn at all times.
The House System underpins our fantastic Pastoral System, fostering a sense of belonging, togetherness and enabling charity fundraising and competitive events between students.
The Heads of House ensure the effective delivery of the tutor time programme and are there to support form tutors and students on a daily basis. They play a vital role in providing important information each week via the weekly House bulletin, leading assemblies and promoting and leading House activities.
Students can take part in a wide range of regular competitions, which include the breadth of the curriculum, there really is something for everyone. Students also have the opportunity to raise money throughout the year for a variety of charities.
The nominated charity for academic year is Don’t Lose Hope who is a charity that offers a professional counselling service for all members of the community.
At Bourne Academy, there are six Houses who are each managed by a Head of House. The Houses are named after famous people – some local and others world renowned.
Meet the Heads of House
Throughout the year, students have many opportunities to earn points for their House. Please refer to ‘Show My Homework’ for some of the points that can be earnt. There are also points allocated for House competitions and individual achievements, which students should strive for to earn the extra points for their House.
At the end of the academic year, the winning House will be announced in a special House presentation assembly.
About the Houses
Galileo House (Orange)
Head of Galileo House: Mrs Helena Vignolo
About Galileo House: After Galileo Galilei, an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution.
Head of House statement: As Head of Galileo House, it is a privilege to see how motivated, engaged and enthusiastic the students in my house are during tutor times, assemblies, sport days, and competitions. If you are in Galileo House you should be proud to be in a caring, loving and aspiring place where we celebrate your day-to-day success and encourage you to aim for the stars.
Hereward House (Red)
Head of Hereward House: Ms Sarah O’Brien
About Hereward House: After Hereward the Wake, an Anglo Saxon rebel who avenged the death of his father and battle against the Normans in East Anglia.
Head of House statement: I feel very privileged to be Head of Hereward House and I am excited to see what the year will bring. In this role, I get to meet students outside of my subject and encourage and celebrate their various achievements within and outside the school curriculum. The best part of the job is celebrating these achievements and witnessing students fulfil their potential. The competitions between the Houses, as well as the extra-curricular activities the school provides, give the students a chance to work alongside their strengths and interests as well as potentially expose them to new experiences.
Keller House (Yellow)
Head of Keller House: Mr Alex McQueen
About Keller House: American educator Helen Keller overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf to become one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians, as well as co-founder of the ACLU.
Head of House statement: I’ve always enjoyed healthy competition, so being a Head of House is fantastic! Being part of our outstanding pastoral team, as well as a full-time teacher, allows me to pursue both my passions within education. My favourite aspect of the role is visiting my form groups during AM and PM registration, engaging with the students and praising success within the school system.
Mays House (Green)
Head of Mays House: Mr Harry Thornburn
About Mays House: After Raymond Mays, a racing driver from Bourne who was one of the principle founders of the motor racing companies ERA and BRM that are still running now to help continue the motor racing sport.
Head of House statement: As a Head of House, I am able to gain more knowledge of the students on a more personal level; learn about their aims and goals and provide house opportunities for them to achieve their full potential. These challenges also allow pupils to gain confidence in their voice while knowing they have my full support and encouragement.
Turner House (Purple)
Head of Turner House: Mr Matt Dennis
About Turner House: After William Turner, a British watercolour artist. The Turner Prize competition is named after him introducing modern and controversial artwork and awarding the winner with a huge prize sum of £40,000.
Head of House statement: I feel privileged to have the role as Head of Turner House and be part of the Bourne Academy pastoral team. As a PE teacher, I have always had a desire to help all achieve their best and understand that all of our students are individuals who require different levels of support to allow them to reach their potential. The role enables me to welcome students into the school day and drop into PM registrations to see the exciting and enriching programmes the school provides across the different year groups. One of my favourite parts about the house system at Bourne Academy is the healthy competition amongst students (and staff!) to see who the overall champion will be.
Warwick House (Blue)
Head of Warwick House: Miss Lauren English
About Warwick House: Warwick Davis is an English actor, television presenter, writer, director, producer and comedian, and was born with an extremely rare form of dwarfism. He runs the charity Little People UK for all young people with dwarfism.
Head of House statement: School should always be about more than what grades you come away with at the end. It should be about becoming the best possible version of yourself, and this is what the House System means to me. There are so many opportunities for students to get involved in, excel in or just have a go at to broaden their horizons.
Additional information about the House System
There are lots of ways that students are rewarded through the House System. Some rewards are awarded daily, weekly and termly. We then finish the year with an End of Year House Celebration Evening, where students are rewarded for their contribution to the House System.
- Tutor Stamp: ‘The Perfect Week’ = 100% attendance with no lates and no behaviour points
- Aspire Passport
- Best in Lesson: In SMSC and Love of Reading/Accelerated Reader during form time
- Aspire Passport Draw: Vouchers available for students who have completed Aspire Passports
- End of Term Certificates
- Form Rep Badges
- House Points for taking part and/or winning House Competitions
We have an annual House Celebration Evening in July to highlight students achievements from the academic year. Students and parents/carers of all the winners will be invited to this event.
Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to be nominated for the following awards:
- Outstanding Contribution to Form Time: Each form tutor nominates one student from their form. This could be for continued excellent contribution in SMSC/LOR, supporting in form time, being the form rep, taking part in House competitions/events etc.
- Accelerated Reader Rewards: One for top reader and one for most words read
- Aspire Password Rewards: Awarded to one student per house for each Key Stage that completes lots of Aspire Cards each term
- Contribution to School Community: Someone that has taken part in House competitions/events, been a school ambassador for any event/activity, anything a student may have supported throughout the school
- Contribution to School Sport: Picked after sports day for the top performing student from each house
- Contribution to School Arts: This is any student that has excelled in art, performing arts and/or music – this could be decided based on being part of the end of year show etc.
- Outstanding Contribution to the House System: The student that has given everything for their house – it could be that they took part in a range of house activities, helped out in assemblies, supported on Charity days or even agreed to just take part in some of the less popular events at sports day to just get the house some much needed points
There is an award for a student in each House in each category and then one person will win the overall trophy for each category.
CLICK HERE for details of the winners in 2021-22
Students have the opportunity to apply to be a Form Rep. At the start of the year, students write a letter explaining why they would like to be a Form Rep. This role includes supporting the Head of House with House competitions, fundraising and sporting events.
Form Reps also play a vital part in student voice as this allows students to have an impact on everyday school life, some topics include:
- Teaching and Learning
- SMSC & LOR programme
- School improvement
Some of the Form Reps will also have the opportunity to be a part of the Academy Council. The Academy Council meet with Mr Leonard who collates all of the information from individual House student voice meetings and decide on the points that could be improved at Bourne Academy. The Academy Council members then meet with the Head of School, Mr Sammy, to discuss which of their ideas can be implemented across the school.
Some examples of the impact the Academy Council have had are:
- Recycling bins
- Introduce the Bully Box
- What’s on the SMSC/LOR programme
- Pods/School lunch etc.
- More benches
- New Science classroom layout
- More prefects/teachers in corridors
- Organised and designed a memorial bench
- Crown Competition
- Tutor Board Competition
- Inter-House Cross Country
- European Languages Day
- Black History Month
- Maths Quiz
- HEREWARD HOUSE Charity Day
- Inter-Faith Week
- Children In Need
- Christmas Hampers
- Maths Quiz
- WARWICK HOUSE Charity Day
- Harry Potter Book Night
- Dragon’s Den
- Maths Quiz
- Bake Off
- Games Competition
- KELLER HOUSE Charity Day
- Comic Relief
- Rocket Competition
- Recycling Competition
- Inter-House Football/Netball
- MAYS HOUSE Charity Day
- Battle of the Bands
- Sports Day
- Maths Quiz
- GALILEO HOUSE Charity Day
- Inter-House Rounders
- End of Year Celebration Evening
- Summer Challenge
- TURNER HOUSE Charity Day
An important part of the House System is our assembly programme. Each House has an assembly every two weeks, bringing all members of the House together to cover important topics which support the SMSC programme and to celebrate student achievements.
- Welcome/Tutor Time expectations
- Trust Rewards Programme/House Competition Launch/House Charity
- Black History Month
- Road Safety
- World Mental Health Day
- Children in Need
- Remembrance Day
- Christmas Hampers
- End of Term Rewards
- Holocaust Memorial Day
- Valentine’s Day
- Comic/Sport Relief
- World Book Day
- Fair Trade
- Skin Cancer Awareness
- National Doughnut Week
- Sports Day Selection
- Sports Day Results/Celebration
- Pride Month
- End of Year Rewards
The SLAT ‘Love of Reading’ programme is studied by students once a fortnight in tutor time sessions. The programme covers a wide range of reading materials and the focus is on the use of reading activities to engage and spark intelligent discussion among students. The core aim is the further development of reading skills, processing information and, most importantly, oracy.
It aims to:
- Promote reading engagement and fluency through tutor time reading activities
- Promote reading as a cross-curricular activity, led by Heads of House and delivered by tutors
- Raise attainment by leading and delivering the Accelerated Reader programme
- Provide time in the busy school day for quiet, independent personal reading
- Allow students to experience and discuss different texts and novel extracts
Key skills students will work on:
- Oracy – Speak like a specialist, In full sentences please, Extend your response, Use formal language, Clarity and projection
- Debating Skills – expressing viewpoint and opinion in a respectful and justified manner.
- Impact on the world – writer’s intentions and our reactions to it.
- Reading fluency, prosody, intonation to convey appropriate tone, pace.
Reading styles that students will be exposed to:
- Paired Reading
- Echo Reading
- Teacher Modelled Reading
- Reading Theatre
Students will study a wide range of topics such as animal cruelty, the environment and the impact of social media.
Year 9 to 11 have an extensive SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education) programme during PM registration, where students develop the knowledge, cultural capital, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe.
The aim is also to prepare students for life and work in modern Britain. Our students grow up in a complex and ever changing world and are exposed to an increasing range of influences.
SMSC education helps students to develop the knowledge, life skills and attributes they need to manage many of the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and in adulthood.
We encourage students to think about personal and social values, to become aware of and involved in the life and concerns of their community and society and so develop their capacity to be active, effective and responsible future citizens that interact through mutual respect.
We want to develop the qualities and attributes students need to thrive as individuals, family members and well respected members of society.
Some of the topics covered include:
- Issues in Modern Britain
- Parliament and Democracy
- Global Awareness
- Money Matters
- Mental Wellbeing
- Family Life
- RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)
- Financial Management
- Substance Abuse
- Diversity, Radicalisation and Equality
- Spirituality and World Culture
- Current Affairs
- Revision Techniques