King James' School

House System

We have a thriving house system at King James’s that:

  • encourages team spirit
  • increases the sense of community and belonging
  • encourages friendships among students of different ages
  • provides a focus for rewarding students for their achievements.

When students arrive at the school they join one of four houses:

Airedale Nidderdale Swaledale Wharfedale
Airedale House Nidderdale House Swaledale House Wharfedale House

Each form group belongs to a particular house, as indicated by its name
(e.g. 7S1 is a Swaledale form). To strengthen house identity and provide an opportunity for younger and older students from the same house to mix, lockers are located in colour-coded house areas.

The school has a long and proud tradition of house competition - not just in sporting endeavour, but also in drama, dance and music.

House events in 2015/16 included:

  • Cross country
  • House Drama
  • Rugby/Hockey
  • Swmming Gala
  • Literary Tournament
  • Football/Netball
  • Softball/Rounders
  • Tug-of-war
  • Sports Day 

Each house has a House Leader and House Captains who help to organise teams and support students. The winning house for each event has its house colour ribbons attached to a trophy in a cabinet at the front of school. In addition, students have the opportunity to win house points for the number of credits they receive throughout the year for effort and good work. These points are added up throughout the year and the overall winning house is awarded a trophy at the end of year assembly.

House System