Hundreds of balloons have been released at an academy in Kettering to mark its launch of a new house system.
A total of 1,400 balloons – one for each student – were released this afternoon (Friday, September 12) at Kettering Buccleuch Academy.
The Weekley Glebe Road academy has introduced the house system to engender friendly competition between students.
All students, as well as staff and parents, have been split between the four houses – Griffin, Viking, Braveheart and Phoenix, which are the symbols on the four quadrants of the coat of arms of the Duke of Buccleuch.
House points will be won for a variety of different activities as well as for academic performance and discipline. The winning house at the end of the school year will receive the Buccleuch House Championship Cup.
Principal James Bowkett, who introduced the new system, said he was “pleased and proud” to see the enthusiasm shown by students already.
He added: “Having been a housemaster many years ago, and having introduced successful house systems in schools since, I know the strong bonds which develop to create a special family based and aspirational ethos which binds and drives a school community towards exceptional success.
“This is a special moment for our school, for its pupils today and for those in future.
“Our house system binds together the best of traditional schooling, together with the very best modern engagement of a community. It comes at a time when we are making great strides as a school to improve our performance and the aspirations of our children.”
Cllr June Derbyshire, Kettering’s deputy mayor, who attended the balloon launch, said: “It is good fun for everyone involved but it also has a serious, educational and pastoral side that will benefit the school immensely.”