House Competitions

Welcome to Our House Competition Page

DSCF6379At Kessingland CofE Primary Academy, we are committed to developing the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural aspects of learning for all our pupils. We are keen to provide them with an array of learning opportunities which will enable them to develop the skills and attitudes needed for them to grow into responsible, well-adjusted, pro-active citizens as well as fulfilled happy individuals.

With this in mind, the school introduced a new House System in September 2015 which it believed would provide an exciting new context – beside the School Council – for pupils to hone their ‘life skills’, develop their ‘voice’ as well as get acquainted with the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, respect and tolerance.

Learn more about our journey so far by reading our House Competition Update Blog (above) and how we chose our House names and elected our first ever House Captains!

How we Elect Our House Captains

First we worked together to decide what skills would be needed to make a good House Captain.


Sorting out cards gave us the opportunity to consider what type of person was needed and what the job involved.


We then had the opportunity to read through the job description and person specification so we could start to think about this important role of ‘House Captain.’


In our English lessons, we considered what makes good speaker. We used AFORREST to think about persuasive techniques and started to plan a persuasive speech.


In our plan we had to consider how to plan an effective speech and our own strengths and qualities. It was important to link these qualities with the person specification and job description.


We thought about what makes a good speaker.


We were proud to welcome Grove to Kessingland Primary Academy and show them around our school.


We worked together sharing our speeches. Grove pupils gave us some ideas and tips to help improve our speeches.photo4
Some of the children from Grove read their speeches and some of us were brave enough to share our speeches.


It was a chance to share ideas and ask questions about being a House Captain and what it felt like performing speeches.


We all really enjoyed working together.


“The House Captains from Grove gave us some really helpful tips for our speeches” – Leo  (Kessingland)

“It was nice to see their reactions when we walked round the school and they said WOW, it’s really cool!” – Harry  (Kessingland)

“They cheered us on – It was like they were just one of us” – Caitlin (Kessingland)

“It was nice to meet other pupils and teachers and see different classrooms.” – Maisie (Grove)

“Grove pupils have made me want to become a House Captain now”  – Alicia  (Kessingland)

The next part of the election process was to think about a name for each of the houses. Miss Smith talked to us about DEMOCRACY in Collective Worship.


Everybody had to sign the Electoral Roll so they were registered to vote.


Everybody had to vote democratically to choose the most popular names for the Houses.


The results were….


the most popular name was the name given to the Houses…
The year sixes produced bunting, rosettes and canvassing material to encourage people to vote for them!


Each house  had their own polling station, that was decorated with their house colours. Each polling station had a secret booth so you could make a vote secretly.


On Election day, the whole school gathered in the hall to find out about the election process. The Heads of Houses were introduced.


The year sixes presented their speeches. Many of them talked about their aspirations for our school and how they will be proud to be House Captains.



Everyone was given a polling card so they could have a vote.


When we handed our polling card to the Polling Officers we were given our voting cards to make our democratic vote.


Everyone made their vote in secret…


… and placed their vote in the ballot box.


Whilst the votes were being counted, we worked together in our Houses to complete a House Challenge. Key Stage 2 supported the younger pupils by teaching then BSL.


We worked together to learn new skills.


The votes were counted…


…and the winning House Captains were announced.