At Neatherd we have used a Vertical House System. This means that from year 7-10 students are divided into four houses - Carter, Cavell, Fry and Kett.
Form-groups are made up of five/six students from each year group. We use a vertical system because we believe that it helps break down barriers between students and allows for a more natural, less forced form of mentoring between them. When pupils arrive in year 7 they are placed with at least one other pupil they know. The vertical system allows form tutors to focus on supporting the needs of key students at crunch times - for example - they have a small amount of Year 7s to look after at the start of September and a few Year 9s around Options etc.
For year 11 pupils are assigned to new forms lead by subject leaders. We also employ a separate Head of Year 11 who oversees this crucial year. During form time pupils are given career advice, support with college and sixth form applications as well as mentoring and tutoring on subject issues. The subject leaders who lead a year 11 form write each of their year 11s a personal reference.