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  • An international school with a local feel

    We provide a high quality international education in the historically-rich city of Nanjing

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School House System

On entry to the school, each student will be allocated a House. We always seek a balance of male and female students in each House as well as a balance of age groups.

The House names and colours are as follows: 

  • Normans - red
  • Saxons - green
  • Romans - blue
  • Vikings - yellow
Our School Houses

Early Years and Primary School


In Early Years and Primary school, the House system comprises two parts.

Students are rewarded for doing their best in all areas of the curriculum and their personal development, with a particular emphasis on effort. House Points are an immediate reward and children should be made aware of the reasons for receiving them. The bar for receiving a House Point is set high; this adds value, and ensures that pupils are motivated to do their very best. Visual, interactive systems are established to record and track the House Points of individual children.

Early Year students participate in a fun activity, called Golden Time, as a reward good for good behaviour, rather than learning or academic achievement. Primary students take part in inter-house competitions. This includes activities such as sports days, swimming galas, general knowledge, and music competitions.

Secondary School


In the Secondary School, the House system comprises three parts.

Morning and afternoon registration. Students are registered in House tutor groups. Tutor groups contain a mix of year groups and students are encouraged to work together with their peers and support them at all times.
Rewards system. Students can earn individual House points for their effort and achievement in their academic subjects, and marbles in recognition of good character traits including those that comprise the seven values of the school charter. Marbles are collected by the house in return for marble rewards at given points in the year.
Inter-House competitions. Students compete in their Houses in events such as sports days, swimming galas, and other competitions organised by academic departments.

There are two House leaders per house; one for the Year 6 – 8 students and one for the Year 9 – 13 students. House captains are elected at the start of the year and will take an active role in inspiring their House members throughout the year. Each tutor group will lead one assembly per year under the direction of the House captain.

House Points


Central to our rewards system, as a daily occurrence, teachers award House points for attitude to learning and achievement in academic work and enrichment activities and marbles for a positive contribution in the everyday life of the school. 
Positivity, encouragement, recognition and reward should be the driving force in behavioural management in the school. It is essential to recognise that all pupils are capable of achieving House points for attitude to learning, as this aspect of school life is always judged against a student’s level of ability. House points are entered onto the student record and acknowledged as a fine achievement for any one individual. House points are highly valued and count towards the overall House Cup.
Attainment and attitude to learning will be celebrated in Senior school assemblies. Every month, one student per House group will be nominated for a ‘Student Achievement’ award in recognition of the number of House points they receive.
There will also be individual awards for students who perform consistently well across all subjects in end of term/year examinations. The awards per year group will recognise the three highest achieving students. Speech Day prizes include accolades for academic and sporting merit and for contributions to school life.