The House System

The House System encourages a sense of family and belonging with older students supporting and encouraging younger students in all aspects of school life.  Every member of the school community is a member of one of the four houses named after enclosures in the New Forest.

It is also a vehicle for developing leadership skills in our young people.  The Houses are led by two House Leaders, one for Learning and one for Guidance.  They are supported by a student team of prefects led by a House Captain who together play an important role in shaping the ethos of their House.   All students are encouraged to be valued members of their House through active participation in the life of the school.

Healthy competition is encouraged and inter-house competitions take place across a range of sports as well as across curriculum areas.

We are extremely proud of our House Captains, Sports Captains and Prefects who are chosen following a rigorous selection procedure.  In order to achieve prefect status, students must demonstrate the personal qualities and high standards required of this ambassadorial role alongside a record of active and positive contributions to the school community.


The Anderwood team is delighted to welcome their new Senior Prefect Team! Huge congratulations Aimee Francis who made it through a very tough interview process to become our new House Captain. Working underneath him is a very strong team including our new Vice House Captains Molly Bradford and Amy Riche.
Miss Fitzgerald and I want to extend our appreciation to all of the candidates who applied and we both felt that this year has genuinely been our hardest decision to date. We look forward to working with them all and seeing what fresh ideas they all have that will take Anderwood to the next level!
It’s also an exciting time for our year 7’s who make their move to their new vertical tutor groups. They’ve been visiting their new tutor groups for a number of weeks, but now our cubs can really begin to interact and learn from the lions!
Finally as we move to the thrilling conclusion of the school year, we eagerly await the result of the years House Cup and find out if we can maintain our run of two House Torch wins! A large part of that result will depend on how well we do in Sports Day, traditionally a strength for our house in the past. So come on all you Anderwoodians your House needs you to be the best you can be!
Mr Rowling & Miss Fitzgerald

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The summer term has been filled with appointing prefects and our senior team. Deerleap are very proud to have 14 new prefects who have started their roles in a very professional manner. As House Leaders we have been fortunate enough to listen to a number of outstanding presentations by candidates for our senior team. It was a very tough field we are very pleased to award our House Captain position to Millie Harris and our two Vice House Captain positions to Poppy McGowan and Matthew Gray.
We are in full swing of preparing our sport steams for both Inter-House Sports Week and Sports Day on the penultimate day of term. We are very pleased to have presented Caitlin Smith and Ethan Pope as Deerleap’s Sports Captains for the next year along with Sian Medley and Jack Godfrey as Vice Captains. So far, they have done a sterling job of organising all year groups and will hopefully lead us to success before the end of term.
Deerleap have also been busy planning and organising a number of fundraising activities for Sports Day. All of the proceeds will go to our House Charity – The Rainbow Trust. A number of different tutor groups are involved in activities led by prefects including selling Ice Cream Floats and Sweets, Karaoke, a Photo Booth and Splat the Rat! All of which will be great fun for the remainder of the school to take part in.
In the past few weeks we have had a chance to say hello to our new Year 7 pupils at a very successful disco and induction day. We are very much looking forward to them joining Deerleap in September. As well as introducing our new pupils we have had to say goodbye to our year 11 pupils. We couldn’t have asked for a sunnier evening for Prom at Beaulieu this month, a very special occasion where we were able to wish them well and thank them for all of their hard work over the past 5 years.
We, along with Miss Gates would like to take this opportunity to wish youall a fabulous summer – we hope you all have a relaxing break.


Mrs Martin, Mr Marsh & Miss Gates


As I sit here in the sweltering heat of our never-ending summer heatwave, it is lovely to reflect on some fantastic achievements by Knightwood pupils over the last few months. I am sure that there are many other great stories, but I want to highlight three particular young ladies: Sophie Hodson in year 7, competing in national tumbling championships and finishing 8th overall.
Amber O’Reilly in year 10, who last weekend travelled to Poland to play basketball in an international tournament while representing the South of England.
Xanthie Fabling in year 10, who recently became the National Aerobic Gymnastics champion at the British championships.
These young ladies have used their talents to the maximum. Keep up the great work! We have also made a great start to the Inter House sports events in years 7 to 9 this week. I am greatly looking forward to seeing our fantastic runners on Wednesday 18th July, be they winners, or those earning a valuable point towards the back of the race.
Earlier this week, I also had the pleasure of attending the summer music concert, which showcased some fantastic performances, both vocal and instrumental. One of my personal favourites was a solo by Holly Hammond in year 8 singing ‘Stand by Me’ – bravery I certainly never had at that age!
Just today, it has been tremendous to see so many positive meetings with parents joining us in partnership at the parent-tutor meetings today. Thank you so much for the support you give us as we work together with your children to maximise their potential in every way.
Finally, may we wish you a restful (and possibly slightly cooler?) summer holiday. We do hope your
summer is full of fun and plentiful ice creams.


Mr J-P Fenton & Mrs French


What a busy summer term it has been, the Year 11’s completed their GCSE exams taking many new exam papers with an outstanding attitude and diligence. It was wonderful to celebrate with these pupils at Leavers Assembly and Prom and we look forward to seeing everyone at Results Day in August. Year 10 have begun to look towards life after Noadswood, many local employers conducted mock interviews and at the beginning of July pupils visited the local sixth form colleges for the day, so many of the feedback forms commented on the pupils mature nature and interesting questions they asked, well done year 10. As Year 9 approach the end of their first year of GCSE studies, they completed their mock exams in the sports hall and some of them are off to London next week we hope they have a fantastic time. Year 8 have taken a lead in their tutor groups welcoming the new Year 7’s, led on the STEM week with our primary schools whist Year 7 had a brilliant time in Bude or on Activities week and completed their Navig8 presentations to many parents. It is always a pleasure to hear from teachers about the opportunities Wilverley pupils have taken including amazing homeworks pupils have produced, science trip, athletics competitions and summer music concerts.
As you read this newsletter, pupils have been partaking in Inter House Sports and are preparing for Sports Day. Congratulations to Noah Vaughan, Alex Buck, Ella Morris and Brooke Flavell appointed as Wilverley’s Sports Captains for the next year, a fantastic job already organising the year groups in preparation for Sports Day and thank you to all the sports reps for co-ordinating the teams.
Congratulations to the new Wilverley Prefects who are already planning the events for Sports Day and raising funds for our house charity Oakhaven Hospice. Also congratulations to our new House Captain Jessica Plowman and Vice House Captains Elizabeth Bridges and Aimie Maton.
Mrs Ward and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a fabulous summer – we hope you all have a relaxing break.


Miss Rawlinson & Mrs Ward