House System

Aims for the students:

The House System has the potential to promote high expectations, create community cohesion and develop the personal well-being of students at CoLA Highbury Grove.

It allows students:

  • The need to include pupils (a sense of belonging) immediately on joining Highbury Grove and build on the sense of community which starts in the family as well as the need for positive role models.
  • A concern that there is still some low level bullying and intimidation among pupils. ‘If mutually hostile subcultures are to be eliminated the school must provide greater opportunities for members of different ages to interact’ (a quote from Education Research).
  • The importance of providing more opportunities for our students to take responsibility and develop leadership skills.
  • The opportunity for student leadership within the House system.

In addition it also allows students to develop:

  • A sense of Belonging
  • An admiration of Heroes
  • Sense of accomplishment
  • Fun and excitement
  • Curiosity and creativity
  • Spirit of adventure
  • Leadership and responsibility
  • Confidence to take action

Without the first two, the other six cannot be achieved. Belonging to a House, with older students as ‘Heroes’ has a positive effect on students in the lower years. They begin to believe that they can be a Sixth Former.

Opportunities arise to:  

  • Work as a team-member.
  • To compete & perform.
  • A chance to make new friends.
  • Additional opportunities for learning through extra-curricular activities.
  • Promotes high expectations.
  • Develop students’ leadership skills.
  • Encourage a positive ethos and community cohesion among students at Highbury Grove School.

There are 4 Houses which students are placed in:

Aqua Ignis Terra Ventus

House activities:

We promote healthy competition that embodies great respect and a wide range of activities take place across the year.

Some of these are:

  • Debating
  • Quizzes
  • Fund raising
  • International links and fund raising.
  • Sports completions in Football, Rowing, Basketball and Athletics.
  • Participation in the annual Community Festival day.
  • Music and talent shows.

The House with most points will win the school trophy at the end of March. There will also be a trophy for the House that wins Sports Day. Individual students will also be recognised for winning the most House Points.

Staff Heads of House:

  • Aqua is Mr Iles
  • Terra is Ms McAteer
  • Ignis is Ms Bissell
  • Ventus is Mr Webber

Staff House Leaders:

  • Aqua is Ms Henson
  • Terra is Ms Wood
  • Ignis is Mr Garnette
  • Ventus is Ms Simpson


They are ably assisted by student leaders in Year 11 and Year 13 who introduce and run assemblies. They also help organize and run house events as well as perform administrative tasks related to running events and ensuring that a good team spirit exists within their House.

Student House Leaders:

Each tutor group has a House Representative who assists with passing on House information and ensuring that the House is well represented at House events. Suggestions that are made are conveyed this way as part of our democratic Student structures.

City of London Academy Highbury Grove

8 Highbury Grove | London | N5 2EQ

Telephone: 020 7288 8900

Part of:

City of London
Academies Trust