House System

House Goals

  • To provide opportunities for students to participate in activities that improve the quality of their lives and the lives of others
  • To balance the demands of academic rigour with extended activities
  • To provide opportunities for all students to engage in a wide range of activities for their House
  • To provide competitions that encourage participation, loyalty and respect for others
  • To create opportunities for all students to be trained and to serve as leaders
  • To strengthen each student’s interpersonal relationship skills
  • To enhance the Family Spirit within the Academy community

The primary purpose of the House System at Mildenhall College Academy is to further the mission of the Academy by providing greater pastoral care to all our students while strengthening our sense of community and participation in meaningful activities. The system will also enable us to proactively develop leadership skills within the student body. All pupils are allocated to one of four houses: Austen, Brunel, Cavell and Newton.


House Activities


  • Check planners, uniform, report cards and discuss the week ahead.
  • Check Lesson Monitor and follow up absences for the previous week. Tutors will encourage students to set targets for the week ahead and to communicate with different members of the group.

Thought For The Week (TFTW):

  • There will be a discussion related to the TFTW or other topical subjects.


  • There is an opportunity for a team spirit and leadership skills during the weekly quiz. The quizzes are on a wide range of topics from last week’s news to historical topics. It provides healthy competition between Houses.

Leadership Activity:

  • A leadership activity takes place each week. The aim of this session is for students to develop their communication and leadership skills.

Numeracy / Literacy Activities:

  • Each week students will take part and complete a Numeracy / Literacy activity. This can involve individual and group tasks. This provides vital opportunities for pupils to get feedback on a specific task and assist / get assistance from other members of the tutor group.

Tutor Projects:

  • Students are required to complete projects on given themes lasting 2-3 weeks. Students will work together to develop a creative and innovative project. They will work together to develop skills and present their finished projects to their House Leader.

Employability for Life:

  • This is a vital tool for students to develop skills specific to help them in progressing through their education and into further education. Students will demonstrate skills that Sixth Forms, Colleges and Employers look for and achieve Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

Assertive Mentoring:

  • These are sessions for students to reflect on and work towards their current learning needs with tutors / House Leaders. Students will be monitored and set targets to help them achieve their goals over each academic year.
  • Mentoring will take place at intervals throughout the academic year.


Charity Events:

These occur throughout the year to help raise funds for worthwhile causes both in this country and abroad. Houses will nominate charities that they wish to support and pupils and staff will organise a range of activities to promote the charity and its needs.

One of the main events we had last year was Children In Need which raised over £800. The recent Macmillan coffee morning was organised by two students and raised over £70.


House Competitions:

These occur throughout the year and involve activities that students really get involved in. Examples last year included ‘Mix and Match teacher’s faces’, sporting competitions taking place in P.E. lessons and ‘Which mug belongs to what teacher.’

These occur throughout the year to help raise funds for worthwhile causes both in this country and abroad. Houses will nominate charities that they wish to support and pupils and staff will organise a range of activities to promote the charity.


Further Info...

  • Austen

    Jane Austen believed that your character and morals not your wealth or family connections governed your fate. She believed in personal responsibility and making the right choices in life. It was her determination to reach her goals that lead her to success. The staff and students of Austen House are proud to be working together to achieve their goals and dreams at MCA. We feel honoured to have our house named after Jane Austen. Our house colour is Navy and we are proud to wear our House T shirts. Navy stands for knowledge, power and integrity and has always indicated stability and expertise. The colour also stands for trust, wisdom and confidence - values that Austen House students and staff strongly believe in.
  • Brunel

    Most people when they hear the name of Isambard Kingdom Brunel probably only think about the Great Western Railway; liveried in green, great steam engines racing down to Bristol and then on in to the West Country. This may seem like a mighty achievement in itself but actually Brunel’s achievements in the world of engineering were far greater. Victorian Engineers were masters of more than just one area of work. When Brunel designed the railway he designed it all. He surveyed the land, designed the bridges, the tunnels and cuttings, the carriages and trains, the stations right down to the ‘ladies’ rest rooms. As if doing that was not enough he went on to design three ground breaking boats, docks, tunnels and even dropped everything to design a ‘flat pack’ hospital to take out to the soldiers in the Crimean War. Brunel was a great, ground breaking engineer who has stamped his vision on this country. For a House Leader at the Academy I could not ask for a better example for those in the House named after him. His commitment alone would be enough to recommend him to me but when you add the vision and self-belief he is an exemplary role model for young people in this Academy. If the pupils can live up to his reputation we will all be doing very well.
  • Cavell

    Edith Cavell was a British nurse from a small village just outside Norwich, who was executed as a spy for helping around 200 allied soldiers escape during World War One. Her conviction to help the wounded soldiers of all nationalities and the risks she took with her own life show great strength of character. I am proud to have the House name Cavell and hope that the whole Cavell team, staff and students alike, will show that they too are determined, courageous and an inspiration to others.
  • Newton

    Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher and is considered by many to be one of the most influential people in human history. We in Newton House hope to emulate the hardworking mind-set of this great man and therefore the successes that he achieved.