The students at Whitcliffe Mount have notoriously always shown true grit and determination. They are competitive and display wonderful team spirit. In 2010 the House system was introduced to drive all of these wonderful, fundamental principles together and give a new team identity to our students. Staff and students were given the opportunity to vote on House names, it was overwhelmingly the names of the five founders of our school (John G Mowat, George Whiteley, J Walter Wadsworth, Reginald M Grylls and Will H Clough back in 1910). Both staff and students alike felt these founders should be integral to remember the history and most importantly the passion and determination for Whitcliffe Mount School to exist.
We support the school ethos of Enjoy, Achieve and Celebrate in all that we do. Our fortnightly assemblies and form activities are aspirational, fun and engaging. We cover a whole range of topics, from e-safety, ride to school day, Christmas fun, celebrating achievement, poverty, world hunger, We are Whitcliffe values. The students arrive excited expecting music, audience interaction and lots of prize giving events. Our Year 11 student leadership team is the driving force of our house system, they plan and lead assemblies, attend all school events and are an incredible addition to our team. These young people drive the younger students and their peers to collect credits to win prizes. The credit and collection of house points can be found by clicking here. The credits collected turn into online monetary value that the students can use to purchase a fantastic variety of rewards - please click here to log in.
The five house leaders are inspirational in their house roles; they work very closely with the student leadership team to drive the ethos of the house system forwards. There is a healthy competitive spirit between houses, each leader keen to win the coveted trophy at the end of the year.
|Mrs C Hanogue - House Co-ordinator||
Mrs V Cawley - Head of Mowat House
(Deputy House Leader)
|Mr P Woolford - Head of Whiteley House||Mr J Dougall - Head of Grylls House|
|Miss L Clegg - Head of Wadsworth House||Mr M Whiteley - Head of Clough House|
The 2 students in Years 7-10, who achieve the greatest number of house points over the whole year are invited to the local restaurant Aldo’s, for an evening of pizza and pasta. They are joined by Miss Templar, Mrs Keates, Mrs Hanogue and Miss Cawley to help celebrate their success.
Termly pizza/ afternoon tea celebrations are rewarded to the 25 students who gain the most house points every term. This takes place in the library, the students are joined by various staff who drop in to congratulate the students and share their success.
During the last week of the school year, students and staff eagerly await the end of term house and sports days. Students partake in one full day of athletics activities at Spenborough track and an exciting House day that is designed individually for every year group. Year 7 have a day of street dance, t-shirt making and live performances from both staff and students. Year 8 take part in team building activities from CI adventures at the pavilion. Year 9 have had whistle stop tours around Rio, Whitfest, lots of fantastic opportunities to take part in dance, music, creative activities, making and eating street food. Year 10 have had a unique opportunity to go of site and do outdoors adventurous activities like canoeing, rock climbing and raft making. A wonderful day of team building and an opportunity for the students to go outside of their comfort levels.