At Shebbear College we operate a pastoral House System. All of our pupils are organised into four houses, Pollard, Ruddle, Thorne and Way, each named after an important member of the past school community. The colour of each pupil's school tie represents their house.
Our House system creates a sense of community and evokes healthy competition amongst pupils, enhancing team building skills, building leadership skills and giving everyone a sense of belonging. Each House has a Housemaster or Housemistress (HsM) and a House Captain who is a member of the Sixth Form Prefect team. A pupil's House becomes their extended family during their time at the school. The four common rooms are attached to the historic Quad which is central to the life of the school.
Each pupil is given the opportunity to represent their house in a wide range of activities including numerous House sports competitions, the annual House song competition, the Inter-House bake-off and various academic competitions including spelling bees and maths challenges. We also hold House charity events and formal dinners throughout the year.
We recognise and celebrate pupils’ achievements through awarding house points for achievement, effort and school values - at the end of each term these points are calculated and celebrated in an end of term assembly with the winning House being awarded the House Cup at the end of the year. Individual certificates and awards are also presented to pupils who have contributed significantly to their House.