Welcome to Horsley Girls Day House
The motto for Horsley Girls is Carpe Diem. The girls are encouraged to make the most of each day and consider the potential in all opportunities. They also learn to adhere to certain rules at school linked to behaviour and work ethic, through the guidance of a very caring and experienced team of tutors. The atmosphere in Horsley Girls is lively, yet focused. Respect for each other is paramount.
Horsley are always raring to go at all Inter-House events and have won the House Championships for five years consecutively (2013-2017!). Horsley is also a very charitable house and raises money through annual events such as Macmillan cake sales and in conjunction with the boys – Horsley Arcade.
House pride and commitment is embedded in our school. We are a democratic house with an active House Council that meets regularly to ensure that every student’s voice is heard. Horsley staff and girls are proud of their house and embrace the family atmosphere, opportunities, positive outlook and supportive network that is offered within it.
House contacts and positions of responsibility
Head of House: Mrs Coleman
Lower School Tutors (Years 9-11): Mr Edmunds, Mrs Rahtz, Mrs Chiver (PT)
Sixth Form Tutors: Mrs Coleman, Ms Croot (PT)
House Captain: Megan Stewart
Deputy House Captains: Jess Coulson and Iona Howell
Sports Captains: Lizzie Clarke and Olivia Tomalin
Life in the House:
There is always a certain buzz of anticipation in Horsley Girls. There never seems to be a day when there is not something to organise. The Year 13s lead the house well with the House Captain and Deputies organising registers and reading daily notices –of which there are always many – so listening skills are tested fully!
The tutors meet with their tutees every day and are there for any individual or group requirements. Attendance and promptness to lessons and adherence to the uniform guide is checked daily. Junior tutors also regularly check planners and encourage students to be well organised.
House Assemblies are organised termly with opportunities for staff and students to be involved in their creation and delivery. Each year group has an Assembly Representative to organise their tutor group and generally they will organise one each term. The overall aim is to improve public speaking skills as well as providing thought provoking ideas for the House and encouraging student voices.
Tutorials are a time to provide guidance and academic support for each year group, on mass and individually. Tutors meet their tutees in their own areas. This year we are tutoring vertically and each junior tutor group will consist of Year 9, 10 and 11 girls and there will be around 27 in a group. Year 12 and 13 will also enjoy mixed and separate tutorials. Tutees are encouraged to get involved with House and extra-curricular activities, to talk about any issues they may have, as well as celebrate their achievements outside of school. The girls organise their own rota of cakes as a treat at least once a week too – which is most appreciated by all of us! There are also tutor trips organised within the year.
In terms of Inter-House events we are proud to say that Horsley’s name is on the Sports Honours Board twice in the last four years, but it is always a very competitive and close competition. We also quite regularly win the small group category at the House Singing Festival. Having a large group appears to be more of a challenge, but provides us with a good focus in the Spring Term with practices taking place during House assemblies. Participation and effort together with team play is encouraged in all these activities and the aim is to always get involved and try your best.
We have a social committee in Year 13 who are responsible for providing social events for the tutor groups and the House. The key event of the year is our House Dinner and girls are allowed to invite guests. This is recognised by the students as a high profile occasion where smart dress code and impeccable behaviour is expected.
We also have popular annual events such as Ice Skating at Somerset House in December and a London theatre trip in February. These are highlights of the year for a mixture of year groups. As you have read there is lots going on and Horsley Girls are always generous with their support of the House, keen to partake in the variety of events that are available throughout the year and proud to be members.
Royal blue and yellow
- None at the moment, but watch this space!