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School Houses

Our school house system plays an important role in developing a healthy, competitive community, where we strive to be the best we can and helps us become proud of ourselves and house we represent- these very much reflect our school values.

We have a broad range of competitions that help cement these important aims:

The Weekly Team point competition – Good work, positive attitude, resilience are the types of behaviour in school that earn pupils team points. These are recorded and then counted at the end of the week. The house that earns the most team points in the week win the Weekly.

Each week we repeat this and at the end of the term we have a house that wins the termly. Alongside the pride of being the house that has been the best team that term the members of the house have the privilege of wearing mufti the first Friday back the next term as a reward for their hard work.

Inter- House competitions- At Meath Green we strongly believe that competition is a healthy and important part of life. Working as part of a team, feeling the highs and lows of competition is an important part of our learning. As such we want to ensure all pupils experience these benefits.

The weekly team points is part of this but inter-house competitions in academic disciplines and sport tournaments ensure that all pupils get to be part of a team in competitive situations.

This year our innovative house captains who represent their houses and meet as part of the school parliament have developed ideas that will help us provide more valuable inter house opportunities.

Our School Houses are named after historic buildings in Horley. In recent years school parliament decided to consider whether we needed a change of house names. The school voted clearly to keep these historic names for their houses as they were part of the history of our area and the tradition of the school.

School Houses

THUNDERFIELD HOUSE - YELLOW -This is not the name of house but a castle.  In Saxon times there was a heath between Horley and Burstow.  The heath was known as Thunderfield.  On the heath was a castle known as Thunderfield that was thought to have been built in the 1000’s before the Norman invasion.  Legend has it that King Harold spent the night at Thunderfield Castle before his famous battle against William the Conqueror at Hastings.

CINDERFIELD HOUSE - GREEN -This house takes its name from a particular area of Horley.  Iron ore (the rock that we heat or smelt) was found here and in Roman times it was the Romans that had an iron works there.  The house that was built there long after the Romans but still a long time ago is one of the oldest in Horley and dates back to the 1200’s.

BENHAMS HOUSE - RED - Most of the Manor houses in the old parish of Horley were built around Horley Row.  A farm was built at the end of these houses to provide the family with the food they needed.  Benhams is the name of one of those houses.  The house and its name goes back a very long way, 1361.  The Abbot at that time was named John de Benham.  The estate which was around 80 acres became known as the Benhams.  The name and the farmhouse remain.

KINNERSLEY HOUSE - BLUE -This is the name of a Saxon Manor house built by a Cyneweard or Royal Guard.  He built in a clearing which then was called Kinewardslee.  The name stayed with the house.  In time the original house was replaced by others.  The one that stands in its place dates back to 1485 and was built by Sir William Monson.  In 1947 the large Kinnersley estate was divided and sold at auction.  Now it is part of 5 different smaller estates.