Each boy belongs to one of five Houses of Atwell, Hunt, Knott, Sebastian and Nicholson, in which he takes part in games and competitions. All boys wear uniform; in the Junior Years the coloured edging to a boy’s blazer indicates his House. The house colours are as follows:
Hunt - Yellow
Atwell - Green
Sebastian - White
Knott - Blue
Nicholson - Lilac
When the boys are allocated to Forms, 11+ scores are used to achieve an academic balance between the classes. Where there are a number of boys transferring from the same school, the Head of Year 7 seeks advice from year 6 teachers to ensure the division of boys across the Forms promotes the ‘best’ combination of personalities; there is a chance to consolidate relationships, make new friends and enjoy a new start.
As we believe that one of the major changes the boys have to face is travelling from home to school, groups of boys who travel from the same direction are placed in the same Form.
At the New Parents' evening we encourage parents to identify, through tutors, those whose son(s) will have the same transport requirements. On the induction afternoon boys are encouraged to meet those boys and exchange phone numbers. This is regularly followed with get-togethers arranged by parents in the summer holiday preceding entry to Skinners’.