House System & Pastoral

Pastoral care is the responsibility of all at staff at RWBA but it is the form tutor who is in the best position to monitor the overall pattern of wellbeing, concerning behaviour and academic progress of students in their group.

Each year group is divided into tutor groups of approximately 27-28 students. The groups are led by a Head of Year and supported by a non-teaching student manager. To ensure the continuity of care for our students, Tutors, Heads of Year and Student Managers (where possible) remain with their groups for the five years from Yr 7 – 11. The Tutor is responsible for the day to day care of students and in particular ensures that students are making good academic progress in all curriculum areas.

The year system sets the ethos for the school as a well ordered, organised, calm, caring community of learning founded on mutual respect and patience.

Each year group has a student manager whose primary responsibility is to support students in breaking down any barriers to learning and aid them in focussing on their studies. The student manager supports the tutor and liaises directly with parents and outside agencies.

Students succeed if there is close co-operation between parents/carers and teachers. We endeavour to ensure that parents/carers are kept informed of academic progress and any concerns we might have. Likewise if you, as a parent/carer, have concerns please contact us early so that home and school can work together to resolve problems. In the first instance, please contact your child’s tutor. If he/she is not available the student manager for the year group will liaise with you and the tutor will contact you at a suitable time.

It is essential that home and school work together to maintain the high standards set with regard to behaviour, uniform, punctuality and attendance. This creates an orderly working environment, where teachers and students can focus on teaching and learning, to ensure that every student fulfils their potential.


The Royal Wootton Bassett Academy House System encapsulates the holistic approach that the Academy takes to the development of its students and staff. There are 5 Houses, co-ordinated vertically by 5 Heads of House.

The Houses are named after the local Wiltshire Bassett’s and the names were selected and voted in by the students and staff. Berwick, Compton, Winterbourne, Wootton and Bassett Houses compete in a year-long series of competitions and events ranging from Team Building competitions, Pumpkin carving, Harvest Festival Basket designs, sports tournaments and £10.00 fund raising challenges. International, National and Local charity fund raising play an important part in all competitions and provides the students with a real sense of self in the world.

The House system promotes a strong family sense of identity with the House, and with the Academy and is widely valued by students and staff alike.

Bassett - Miss Lee

Bassett house prides itself on having enthusiastic, dedicated, and friendly students. We have a positive impact on the school and local community. We are inclusive of all, but recognise a competitive spirit when necessary, while aiming to get the best out of everyone.

Berwick - Mr McLaren

Berwick house strives to achieve excellence in all things. We are a highly competitive bunch and aim to win every competition we enter. The Harvest challenge and Sports Day are therefore highlights in our calendar as we look to demonstrate why we are the best.

Compton - Mrs Markham-Lee

Compton is a friendly and collaborative house. We thrive on competition and embrace every challenge. We aim to teach the value of teamwork and to be gracious in victory and defeat. #keeponwinning

Winterbourne - Mrs Hodgson

Winterbourne House values patience, hard work, loyalty, courage, bravery, intelligence and learning. Winterbourne House students are creative, talented, clever and hard working. Taking part in House activities is an important part of RWBA House ethos and Winterbourne students do so with enthusiasm, commitment and dedication.

Wootton - Mr Gibson

Wootton house has a rich history of being successful in a full range of interhouse events. We’ve not won the big house competition for a while now but next year will be our year!

Past events:

Year 7: Harvest baskets – Students have to design a basket to store Harvest food in. The basket should celebrate the life and legacy of the Queen.


Year 8: Patchwork quilt – Students have to design a section of a patchwork quilt (roughly the size of a piece of A3 paper). Students must supply the fabric for the patchwork quilt themselves. The section should celebrate the reign of the Queen and/or look forward to the reign of the new King. The design will need to be completed in time to allow the Sixth form leadership team time to sow the individual pieces of the patchwork quilt together. 


Year 9: mural challenge – Sixth formers are currently sketching out a side profile of the Queen. Each tutor group will then get two pieces of paper (roughly A2 in size) to decorate in a way that celebrates the reign of the Queen. These will be put together for the Harvest assembly so if they could be completed by the 13th October that would be ideal. 


Sixth form: Sixth formers interested in creating the harvest board need to see Mrs Goddard who has kindly volunteered to oversee the project. Other sixth formers who would like to support any of the other challenges need to come and see me in H12.


We are donating food to the Swindon Food Collective this year. A list of items they are in need of are below:

Cleaning cloths/Anti Bac wipes

Household cleaners

Laundry pods/powder/liquid/conditioner

Wash and go 2 in 1 Shampoo/ Conditioner

Deodorant (male and female)

Toothpaste and Toothbrushes

Surface Cleaners

Toilet rolls

Shower gel (male and female)


Tinned fruit

Small jars of coffee

Tinned meats

Tinned potatoes

Small bags of sugar


House Scores from 2021-2022 Events

2021-2022 Sports Day Results


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