Our community is built upon an established House system which ensures that every student can find friendship, personal mentoring and an essential team spirit outside the confines of the classroom. We have 12 Houses – seven for boys and five for girls – and because we are careful to integrate boarders with their day-student counterparts, a true sense of belonging infuses the whole school.
Each House has developed its own distinct personality over the years and daily assemblies help foster this sense of identity. Indeed, inter-house competition is alive and well at Cranbrook, covering the usual sports programmes plus a range of activities such as the Big Quiz and annual House Shout.
All Houses have a House captain plus several student ‘elders’ who sit on cross-school committees and guide the younger pupils as they travel through their school life.
The Houses are also supported by dedicated teams of tutors who monitor the work and behaviour of each year in their care. Tutor groups tend to be between fifteen and twenty in size in the day Houses and between ten and fifteen in the boarding Houses.
The tutor is the first port of call for parents’ communications about their child – dealing with academic progress, social skills, personal development and any health/well-being issues. Nearly all Cranbrook teachers are involved in House tutoring, ensuring that individual students (and their parents) have access to a wider cross-section of counsel and advice than on a traditional form-teacher/pupil basis. It’s a formula that works well and won particular praise from Ofsted in their latest report upon Cranbrook. (April 2015)