Oak Wood School

House System

Students are members of a form group, a year group and a House.

There are seven Houses, which were chosen by the student council 2016/17:

Da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 to May 2, 1519) was a painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, military engineer and draftsman — the epitome of a “Renaissance man.” With a curious mind and keen intellect, da Vinci studied the laws of science and nature, which greatly informed his work. His ideas and body of work have influenced countless artists and made da Vinci a leading light of the Italian Renaissance.

Farah

Sir Mohamed Muktar Jama "Mo" Farah, CBE (born 23 March 1983) is the United Kingdom's most successful distance runner. The most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history, he is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist in both the 5000 m and 10,000 m, and is the second athlete in modern Olympic Games history, after Lasse Virén, to win both the 5000 m and 10,000 m titles at successive Olympic Games.

Hawking

Stephen William Hawking (1942 - 2018) was the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time which is an international bestseller. In 1963, Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. From 1979 to 2009 he held the post of Lucasian Professor at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663. Professor Hawking received over a dozen honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982. He was a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science. Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.

Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst (née Goulden; 15 July 1858 – 14 June 1928) was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote. In 1999

Time named Pankhurst as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century, stating "she shaped an idea of women for our time; she shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back". She was widely criticised for her militant tactics, and historians disagree about their effectiveness, but her work is recognised as a crucial element in achieving women's suffrage in the United Kingdom.

Rowling

Joanne Rowling (born 31 July 1965), writing under the pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist, screenwriter, and producer who is best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series. The books have won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies, becoming the best-selling book series in history. Rowling has lived a "rags to riches" life story, in which she progressed from living on state benefits to being the world's first billionaire author. However, she lost her billionaire status from giving away much of her earnings to charity.

Turing

Alan Mathison Turing OBE FRS (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist. Turing played a pivotal role in cracking intercepted coded messages that enabled the Allies to defeat the Nazis in many crucial engagements, including the Battle of the Atlantic, and in so doing helped win the war. Sadly, Turing was prosecuted in 1952 for having a homosexual relationship, which was illegal at the time, and Turing died in 1954 of cyanide poisoning. He has received an official public apology from the British government for the way he was treated and a pardon from the Queen in 2013.

Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai (born 12 July 1997) is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. On 9 October 2012, while on a bus in Swat District after taking an exam, Yousafzai and two other girls were shot by a Taliban gunman in an assassination attempt in retaliation for her activism. Malala was hit with a bullet in the head, but she survived and after her recovery took up an even more prominent role in advocating female education across the world.

 

All the reward points students are awarded throughout the academic year count at House points. These can be for everyday positive behaviour such as excellent effort in class, offering help to a teacher or another student.

There are also House competitions throughout the year that have points allocated to winners and participants. One of the most important events is the annual sports day in July – this can add enough points to win the House Cup!

Each House has:

* A Head of House

* A House Captain (Year 11/Sixth former)

* A Deputy House Captain (Year 10)

* House Council members

The Heads of House lead assemblies (once per half term) and organise teams for inter-House competitions.