The BSE House System

At The BSE we aim for the House System to be a positive experience for everyone involved.

We aim to develop positive social interaction between different age groups within the school and foster healthy competition. Furthermore, The BSE values of respect, responsibility, resilience, mindfulness, integrity and compassion are incorporated through the use of ‘House Days’ and events which enable children to learn to work together towards achieving a common goal whilst developing their skills.

On entry to The BSE, each child is placed into one of the four houses and remains a member of that house throughout their time at The BSE.

House points are awarded by staff and learners can obtain house-points through several ways:

In Class:

  • Displaying behaviour that is consistent with The BSE
  • Actively participate in lesson activities and/or
  • Showed/displayed acts of kindness to peers (helping/sharing)
  • Listened to staff/peers throughout the school day
  • Being attentive during lesson time
  • Outstanding achievement and progress
  • Polite and well mannered behaviour
  • Demonstrating a caring attitude towards peers
  • Working to the best of their ability
  • Special effort into a piece of work
  • Neatly presented work
  • Positive attitude towards all curriculum areas
  • Sporting achievement (any)
  • Helpful approaches to different situations
  • Participating in specific school activities

House Events:

  • Periodic events that foster a spirit of friendly rivalry and enable our students to develop a sense of pride in working for others as well as for themselves through Inter-house

Each week, House Points are collected from each class. The points from these house events are added in once they are completed. The weekly results are then announced at each assembly so the children are aware of how well their house has done over the course of the week.


Scotland / Purple / Thistle

Balmoral Castle is in Scotland and has been the historic Scottish home of the Queen for many decades.

The colour purple is a colour associated with royalty, nobility and ambition. Purple also represents meanings linked to creativity, wisdom, dignity, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic. The Scottish Thistle features strongly in the House crest keeping the close links to this famous Castle and Country in the UK.

The Griffin with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion is one of the most powerful mythical creatures known for its strength, grace, fierceness and nurturing qualities.


England / Red / Rose

Windsor Castle is the residence of the monarchy in the UK and is represented here with the colour red and the rose. The rose is the national flower of England and was adopted by Henry VII as England’s emblem of peace. The colour red is the colour of physical energy, courage, power, will and achievement. Red symbolizes stability, security, courage and action.

The unicorn is a symbol of freedom, healing and beauty – the unicorn’s powers are both magical and mystical. Representing freedom the unicorn is impossible to catch.

The open visored knight helmet facing forward is reserved for the highest ranks of nobility – the

knight symbolizes having dreams and letting nothing stand in the way of success.


Ireland / Green / Shamrock

Stormont Castle is the historic traditional home of the Prime Minister for Northern Ireland and is represented here with the colour Green and the Irish Shamrock at the heart of the crest.

The colour Green symbolizes nature and the natural world and this is reinforced in the shield with representations of land animals, fish from the sea and birds from the air. It represents tranquility, vitality, freshness, growth, balance and health.

Stormont House at the BSE is the House with a focus on the environment and nature – raising awareness of conservation issues and promoting environmental and conservation practice throughout the school.

Cardiff Castle

Wales / Yellow / Daffodil

Cardiff Castle is located at the heart of the Welsh capital city of Cardiff and has over 2000 years of history associated with it.

The colour yellow symbolises optimism, energy, joy, wisdom, intellect, happiness and friendship. Included in the crest the crossed keys symbolise the ability of the keys to unlock the gateway to friendship. The castle represents the foundation of power and protection through comradery with others.

At the centre of the crest is the National flower of Wales the Daffodil – always seen blossoming in the early spring after the winter frosts the daffodil symbolises hope, new beginnings and the start of a new season.