Pastoral Structure

House System

The House System at The Harleston Sancroft Academy – Secondary Phase

The House System is an integral part of our pastoral organisation. The house system allows every student and member of staff to feel a sense of belonging by becoming a member of Dove, Ormerod, Pickering or Sancroft house. By being a member of the house family, students and staff are encouraged to show team spirit as all of the houses thrive on the ethos of taking part and bringing your “A” Game.

Each student has a striped coloured tie that represents the house that they are in. Each house is made up of 4 tutor groups which are overseen by a devoted and much loved, Head of House. Tutor groups are vertical and are made up of students from Years 7-10. This breaks down barriers between the year groups and creates a sense of togetherness; encouraging the older students to look out for the younger ones and gives students the advantage of belonging to a ‘small school within a school’.

There are many house challenges throughout the year from all areas of school life. This blend ensures that everyone has the opportunity to represent their house in something that they enjoy or are good at. For example house challenges include; various sporting activities, art challenges, bake offs and various quizzes throughout the year based on things such as Anti Bullying Week.

All students have the opportunity to earn reward points for their house. These are awarded for things such as good work, contribution to lessons and participation in house challenges. Students can also gain valuable House Points every week for merely bringing their “A game”.

Students in Year 11 are in form groups with peers of the same age. This enables additional study support to be delivered to them as a cohort during tutor times and also a bespoke Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance programme, enabling them to maximise their Sancroft to Anywhere experience. 


I feel valued as a member of staff. I like the fact the school has a clear vision, a vision that I feel a part of.

Current member of teaching staff


Every single person who works at the school contributes to who I am. It truly is a special place where we are all one big family.

Current Y11 student


The Harleston Sancroft Academy has evolved to where it is now with dignity, strength and kindness.

Current parent of Y10 student