Unique to life in Prep at The Blue Coat School, are the much-loved Houses – St. George’s and St. Philip’s for the boys and St. Monica’s and St. Margaret’s for the girls. The Prep Houses are spacious, comfortable places where the children can relax and enjoy each other’s company as they develop independence, self-discipline and all-important social skills.
The Prep Houses have a lounge area, kitchen and a games room with table football, snooker and table tennis tables. They are each home to approximately 75 children from Years 3 to 6. The vertical structure means that children can find friends in other year groups and the Year 6 House Officers provide excellent role models for their younger house mates. The houses are open from 8.00am in the morning before school and re-open from 4.05pm to 5.45pm after school. Children staying after school will be given a light snack in the house and those still on site after 5pm will begin their homework. Up until then it is a change for the children to relax and have fun after their busy day.
Everyone has an opportunity to represent his or her House in sports matches and inter-house competitions such as the House Shout and House Quiz are keenly contested. Teaching and Support Staff are assigned to each House and are equally as proud and loyal to the House as the children and parents!
The Prep Houses are involved in fundraising and each run a House Charity Day where the children inform the rest of School in assembly about their chosen cause and run activities throughout the day including a cake sale to raise money.