House System & Rewards

Every student that attends Harlington School is equally important with different needs and aspirations that should be nurtured. As an inclusive school, we recognise, celebrate and embrace diversity in all its forms.

Within Harlington School we have 3 Houses – Brunel, Da Vinci, and Mandela. Each student is allocated to one of these Houses which they stay in throughout their time at Harlington. We try to keep siblings together where possible. A student’s school lanyard will show the colour of their house, and each House is run by a Deputy Headteacher or Associate Headteacher:

Students participate in a number of Inter-House competitions throughout the year, which include drama, music and sporting events. Students earn points for their participation in these and other extra-curricular activities. Students are rewarded with “Achievement” points in lessons and for their termly effort grades. Both are added to the points total for their House. The School Council hosts fundraising events during the year with student teams from each house organising the events. Students have one House Assembly per half term and one year group assembly per week. House assemblies are scheduled at the beginning of each half term and recognise and celebrate achievement, along with restating the values and ethos of the House. Students from all year groups in the House attend together.


All students are rewarded for academic progress, endeavour, hard work and contribution to the school community in the following ways;

  • Students may receive positive letters and/or telephone calls to parents from members of staff
  • Students may be nominated for reward trips as a result of receiving reward points for exceptional behaviour, punctuality, attendance and attainment
  • Exceptional work and/or behaviour are recognised with reward points
  • Students are eligible to receive subject and form nominations every term as subject, pastoral and achievement certificates and Scholarship-Passion-Inspiration (S-P-I) passport commendations;
  • Students are awarded reward points each term based on their level of attainment that term in comparison to their target grades, as follows:
    • Students are awarded 10 points for every subject for which their attainment is above target;
    • Students are awarded 5 points for every subject for which their attainment is on target;
  • Students may be nominated each term for a Jack Petchy Award. Students can be nominated by anyone within the school community for exceptional effort, perseverance, achievement, support for the school (including for individuals) or support for the local community. Any individual receiving at least one nomination each term is put through to a vote by members of the School Council. Award winners are rewarded with a sum of money to be spent on a school project of their choice.
  • A house cup is awarded at the end of each term to the house with the most points during that term;
  • The winning house over the school year receives a rewards activities day.