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Leadership & Responsibility

Tom Field Trin Hugo Hamilton Mich Charles AmesHil - Chairman of School Council

Throughout their time at Northcote Lodge boys are given positions of responsibility, ending up in Form 5 with the major positions (Head Boy, Prefect, Head of House and so on), all designed to build confidence and to prepare for the moment when, all too soon, the boys leave us and once again find themselves the small fish in a much bigger pond.

 

There is a School Council, consisting of an elected representative from each form, giving the boys a chance to have a say in the running of the school, learning to argue their case and to accept the majority decision.

The House System

Finlay Pearce is awarded the Junior Finney Effort Cup

Every boy is placed in one of four 'Houses' (Grenville, Raleigh, Sidney or Drake) in which he remains throughout his career at Northcote Lodge.

 

The House system engenders a sense of team spirit, camaraderie and belonging and boys quickly identify with their House, often very strongly. A system of House points operates from week to week, leading up to a termly house point competition, and houses compete with each other in other ways with inter-house contests being held throughout the year. The House system, with its emphasis on loyalty and togetherness, is instrumental in encouraging the competitive nature within the school.

Pastoral Care

We pride ourselves on the quality of our pastoral care. At Northcote Lodge we pay as much attention to this side of their development as to the purely academic, for it is only if boys are happy that they will give of their best and achieve all that they are capable of. Our staff, chosen as much for their personal qualities as for their teaching ability, are responsible for helping boys evolve and grow up, offering gentle but firm guidance at all stages.

 

From Form 2, boys are allocated their own tutor who is responsible for each boys' welfare, both academic and social. For the remainder of a boy's career the tutor is the principal link between school and parents. All teaching is subject based, so that while every boy continues to have a form teacher his or her role is an administrative and housekeeping one. Boys meet their tutors at least once a week to discuss work and any problems, whether of an academic or personal nature.

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