OTTER HOUSE – House Colour Purple
Head of Otter House – Mrs J Feakins-Taylor and Mrs K Faulkner
Year 7 - Mr S Roe
Year 8 - Mrs K Christie
Year 9 - Ms C Barnett
Year 10 - Mrs C Smerdon-Corp
Year 11 - Mr L Eames
Year 12 & 13 - Ms T Marchant
Otter House became the seventh house in school in 1990. William Otter became Bishop of Chichester in 1836. He was very interested in the training of teachers to provide education for all, and a teacher training college (now Chichester University) was set up in his name.
What is Otter House like?
Our motto is
Believe in yourself. Believe in our House and our school. Believe that you can make a positive change. Believe in… Be confident that you are able to do anything you want to do.
At our school, you can make great progress and contributions in many different and important ways.
When you move on from our school and your experiences in Otter House, take with you what you have Achieved and go on to succeed.
We pride ourselves in promoting a disciplined, caring and happy family atmosphere. We hope to foster an ethos of a mutual, secure and stimulating environment where all members of the Otter House feel valued, respected and fully supported. We understand that it essential to work collaboratively to ensure that we are all able to provide the very best possible education, experiences and welfare for all our students.
Otter House supports Macmillan Nurses who specialise in cancer and palliative care, providing support and information to people with cancer, and their families, friends and carers, from the point of diagnosis onwards.
Otter House 2018-19
This has been another busy but exciting year for pupils in Otter House, beginning the year by welcoming our new cohort of Year 7 pupils who quickly settled in and made a great start.
One of the first big events Otter House was involved with was during the period of Harvest Festival. Otter House students were set the challenge to decorate a box and fill it with items suitable for the local foodbank. There would then be a prize for the tutor group who collected the most items and the group with the best box design. Year 9 Otter collected the most food winning the competition.
In October 7Otter went on the residential trip to the Isle of Wight. Everyone had a great time and had many new experiences from lazer tag, lighting fires and bowling. It was a great opportunity to bond as a tutor group, making new friends.
In February, Mrs Feakins-Taylor gave birth to a beautiful little girl, Ember, which meant that we needed a new leader for the House. We were very pleased that Miss Tugwell was able to step in.
Throughout the year as a House we have been very successful in our Interhouse sports competitions, the Year 7 boys winning the rugby and the Year 11s winning the Interhouse Dance competition for their year and performing at the Evening of Dance.
We have worked hard as a House raising money for our House Charity Macmillan. The Year 11s sold roses; the pupils in the school bought a rose and wrote a message on a tag and the Year 11s delivered them to the chosen recipient on Valentines Day. This raised £127. The Year 9s baked and ran a cake sale at lunchtime raising over £50 whilst the Year 7s and 8s worked together to sell ice creams on a hot summer's day raising £193.