At Nicholas Chamberlaine, students are expected to demonstrate and develop good S.P.I.R.I.T values (Self-Management, Perseverance, Independence, Reflection, Innovation and Team Work). To enhance the SPIRIT values students are expected to be involved in a range of learning experiences beyond the classroom, to ensure a broad education that prepares them for life. We expect students to be confident and try new things. To help students with this, students are put into a tutor group, which belongs to one of four houses – Cook, Livingstone, Kingsley and Drake – four British explorers who had the courage and determination to go beyond what others had done before them. The House system provides opportunity for students to do this while also giving students a sense of belonging and a chance for friendly competition. Each House comprises of two or three tutor groups from each year group and is led by a House Pastoral Leader and a Head of House.
The House Pastoral Leader has responsibility for the welfare of students; they are supported by a team of tutors. Together they will provide support to students in all aspects of school life; they are the main link between school and home. Students will see their tutor every morning, meaning the tutor is well placed for getting to know each student in their group. The tutor will support students by promoting good attendance, high standards of behaviour and uniform and encouraging students to participate fully in school life, so they can become “Successful Learners and World Citizens”
What does good spirit look like?
Organising equipment, being punctual, attending regularly, completing homework.
Not giving up when tasks become too hard, not giving into negative peer pressure, being prepared to redraft work to make it better.
Being able to work without support, making individual choices.
Showing consideration for others, reviewing work and redrafting, evaluating all available options.
Being creative, experimenting, thinking of new ideas and ways of doing things.
Working alongside all members of the school community, supporting each other, belonging to House.
SPIRIT values are broad and these are just some examples of how they can be demonstrated.