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We do our best to support students and their families to ensure excellent outcomes for all of our students.
The House System
Whilst we ensure that every student receives a personalised experience and level of care on both a pastoral and academic basis (via the form tutor and Head of Year structure), we are mindful of the need for additional opportunities to enhance their experience further. Opportunities, where students can enjoy and thrive in a competitive manner and by doing so develop into happy, resilient young people ready to face the world and able to participate, both within a team context and through leading others.
We are proud of our new House System which provides students with the chance to compete for their house and by doing so – enjoy a sense of belonging. It is vital that students feel that they are rewarded for academic achievement, excellent attendance and positive contributions that they make to their own school life, but also for participating in our very own events, “The Chobham Games” which take place periodically throughout the year. This allows the students to experience competition, develop the ability to persevere, work with others, become young leaders and so much more in an exciting and healthy manner. Each House is led by a staff member who is the Head of House and they each have a team of sixth form captains to support them.
Built into the house system is our need to ensure students value Charity. The idea that they are able to offer time and raise money for those less fortunate than them. Throughout the school year we as a school ensure lots of charities are supported, though each house selects a charity for the academic year to support in addition.
Our houses are based on people that we as a school community (both staff and students) are inspired by. Let us welcome you to the Chobham Houses
Adichie House (Charity : National Literacy Trust)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian Novelist. She has written a series of short stories and non fiction pieces including “Purple Hibiscus” and “That thing around your neck”. Chimamanda has also delivered TED talks, the most famous and viewed of which include of “The Danger of a single story”in 2009 and “We should all be feminists” in 2012.
“Racism should never have happened and so you don’t get a cookie for reducing it” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Bannister House (Charity : Young Urban Arts)
Sir Roger Bannister was the first British athlete to run a mile in less than 4 minutes during the 1952 Olympics. His passion was to become a doctor and he later became a distinguished neurologist and became a Master at Pembroke College, Oxford before retiring in 1993.
“However ordinary each of us may seem, we are all in some way special, and can do things that are extraordinary, perhaps until then… even thought impossible” Sir Roger Bannister
Franklin House (Charity : Richard House Childrens Hospice)
Rosalind Franklin was an English chemist who made key contributions to the understanding of molecular DNA. She only lived to the age of 37. Many talk about the fact that she should have achieved a Nobel Prize in her lifetime for the work she had carried out.
“In my view, all that is necessary for faith is the belief that by doing or best, we shall succeed in our aims: the improvement of mankind” Rosalind Franklin
Himid House (Charity : The Ben Kinsella Trust)
Lubaina Himid CBE is a contemporary artist and curator. She is a professor and her art focuses on themes of cultural history and reclaiming identities.
“I have more things to say – this (art) gives me the chance” Lubaina Himid
Mandela House (Charity : The Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund)
Nelson Rohlilahla Mandela was a South African anti apartheid revolutionary political leader and philanthropist who served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black head of state and first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
“I never lose. I either win or learn” Nelson Mandela
Ramanujan House (Charity : Young Minds)
Srinivasa Ramanujan was an Indian Mathematician who lived in India under the British Rule. Without any formal training, he had made substantial contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory and infinite series alongside finding numerous solutions to Mathematical problems that were previously considered unsolvable.
“We are merely explorers of infinity in the pursuit of absolute perfection” Srinivasa Ramanujan
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the team at anytime.
The Academy is dedicated to Academic rigour and achievement. Therefore, we send home a review once term, to reflect on student progress. If you wish to discuss this further, you are welcome to contact your child's subject teacher or tutor, by calling the main reception on 0203 747 6060.
Parent Consultation Evenings, to discuss achievement with class teachers, are a key part of the Academy year. In order to support parents we have prepared the following guidance:
Guide to Parent Consultation Evenings
What information will I be given at the meeting?
- Latest progress information for your child from each of their subjects
- A booklet to record the details and key points from your meeting with each area
- Strengths and weaknesses in a particular curriculum area
- If your child contributes to learning opportunities in the lessons
- If homework is being completed and handed in
- An update on your child’s behaviour for learning and effort in lessons
Top tips for making the most out of the evening
- Prepare by asking your child the following questions before the evening:
• Which subjects are you making the most progress in and why?
• Which subjects do you feel are your weakest and why?
• Is there anything in particular you would like to discuss with your teacher?
- Positive communication with the teacher is key. Don’t be reluctant to ask questions, especially as teachers can use a lot of acronyms and ‘teacher’ phrases. Don’t be fearful of hearing that your child is not fulfilling their potential. Ask positive questions such as, ‘how can I help my child?’ It is also important that you share any information with us that you think might be impacting on their learning or behaviour.
- Identify their strengths and weaknesses within each subject they are taught. Ask questions about their progress towards their final exam targets. How much progress do the teachers expect your child to make by the end of the year? Are they struggling with exam technique or ways to revise? Do they find particular topics or skills more difficult than others?
- Implement the strategies the teacher suggests will help your child to make more progress. It is helpful to sit down with your child after the event and clarify with them, that they understand what was said during the evening. If a teacher suggests something that you can’t support at home, don’t be afraid to ask for that support in school. We are here to help as much as we can.
- Be Open about any poor behaviour for learning. If your child is mis-behaving, ask the teacher why they think this might be the case. Then look for patterns, is it only in one subject area or a few? Encourage your child to reflect on why they are mis-behaving in certain areas and what they can do to change their behaviour
- Talk to the Academy’s Leadership Group and also the Directors of Learning. They are always available throughout the evening to answer any discuss or address your concerns. There is also always a member of the SEN team present and available to discuss your child’s needs
- See the big picture! Help your child to see how each subject relates to real life. Can they address areas of weakness in a more creative way? e.g. reading for pleasure or applying maths skills at home
- Each slot can only be five minutes long. Please make the most of your slot.