The House system at Wisbech Grammar is and integral part of the daily life at the school. Meeting on a weekly basis the four Houses, Clarkson, Holmes, Peckover and Sparks, all of which are named after important characters in the towns or schools rich history, provide the opportunity for pupils to interact with other year groups, engage in the many inter-house competitions, raise monies for charity and develop key skills required for later life such as leadership.
Competition for one of three house trophies, the four houses lock horns in the various competitions ranging from Music through Cookery to Sport for the House Trophy. The Merit Shield recognizes the achievements in the classroom, via the grade card system where grades are magically converted into points and points make prizes, with the shield being awarded at the end of the academic year. Finally, the Congo Cup is awarded following the culmination of performance at Congregational Singing assemblies held throughout the year. Here the enthusiasm and melodic efforts of the whole house are rewarded.
The house system provides something for everyone, no matter the ability, it provides ‘friendly’ competition across a wide range of subjects as well and a forum in which relationships can be fostered, providing a key learning experience for all pupils.