Phoenix will have a house system, where pupils will learn to work in mixed-age groups and the most able pupils will act as mentors to help younger children who need additional help.
A house system will be the key to pastoral care at Phoenix. All houses will have a similar mix in terms of age, ability and ethnic origin. We are fully in agreement with Oldham Council’s moves to break down the racial apartheid in secondary schools.
In the early stages, Phoenix will have just 4 houses: by 2017, when our first pupils reach Year 10, we will add 4 more. Pastoral care will be the responsibility of our NCO instructors—experts at moulding young men and women from diverse backgrounds into effective teams.
Competition between houses will give a powerful impetus for all pupils to work together, irrespective of age, ethnic origin, or gender. Houses will compete for a wide variety of academic and sporting awards. They will learn to be good winners—and good losers. But most of all, they will learn to look after each other.