Houses and School Ethos

We have four Houses which run across all the year groups. These are named after historical boats Endeavour, Discovery, Challenger, Endurance. All students are given a free House badge which completes their uniform  and must be worn at all times except PE.

Students' tutor groupings are all linked to a particular house. Tutor groups are small and have around 15 students. Tutor groups compete with other Houses in sports activities, vivo-miles (merits), attendance etc. Each week students have a House assembly where students of all ages come together, raising motivation and celebrating success. DGI 6th Form Student Leaders wihin their own House are also well known to all students and have an active role in the school. 

Tutors support students in all areas of school life, and make sure that students understand what the school expects of them in terms of work and behaviour, uniform, attendance and punctuality. Tutors also develop strong relationships with parents and are usually the first point of contact for learning and pastoral issues. Wherever possible tutors will remain with your child as he/she moves up through the school.

When further support is needed, each House has a Pastoral Leader and a Head of House, (an Assistant Headteacher) who parents can meet.

  • For Endeavour students - the Pastoral Leader is Ms Taylor and the Head of House is Ms Lydall
  • For Discovery students - the Pastoral Leader is Ms Coffey and the Head of House is Mr Paish
  • For Challenger students - the Pastoral Leader is Mr Smith and the Head of House is Ms Bygrave
  • For Endurance students - the Pastoral Leader is Ms Samms and the Head of House is Ms Foreman