On entry to Ryedale School, every child is placed in a House. There are four Houses in total and in allocating each student their House at the end of Year 6 we take into account the House identity of any older siblings in the school to promote a sense of tradition within our Ryedale families. We ensure each House includes students with a range of talents, abilities and interests to ensure our thriving house system remains highly competitive.
Over 80 sports competitions take place over the school year, with activities including netball, hockey, rugby, basketball, volleyball and dodgeball. Students are also able to earn points for their House via whole school events such as the Fundraiser Walk, through attendance competitions, and of course by collecting merits, which is an integral part of our rewards system at Ryedale School.
At Easter time, we award the Halifax Trophy to the House earning the most points from sports competitions over the year. At the end of the summer term, the Merit Shield is awarded to the House with the most points from students gaining the highest number of merit certificates (from the Bronze Certificate to the Headteacher’s Award.) The awarding of these trophies creates huge excitement for the members of each house and it is very positive to see students applying themselves with commitment to earning house points!
At the beginning of each academic year, the students in each house vote for a male and female Sports Captain for each year group. In addition, each form will vote for a Student Council Representative, whose main role is to attend student council meetings across the school year. In Year 11, students vote for a male and female House Captain.
Working with the Year 11 Sports Captains, the Sports Captains from other year groups help to organise and manage the teams in each sports competition.
The Student Council Representatives sit on the school council and play a key role in representing the student voice in moving the school forward with an emphasis on learning. They then report back to their form on discussions and decisions reached by the school council.