Activities that are beyond curriculum teaching, taking place regularly at lunchtime, after school and at weekends, to include DofE, Escape Outdoors, House activities, enriching workshops, trips, and competitive fixtures etc.

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Scholarship and the Supercurriculum

Our pupils aspire to adopt the virtues of scholarship: curiosity, love of learning, independence in learning and diligent pursuit of knowledge. The supercurriculum supports our pupils to demonstrate these scholarly virtues by encouraging them to extend their learning beyond the walls of the classroom.

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Our School Council

At Five Ways we place great importance on Student Voice. Approximately 70 members of of student body, elected by their peers, regularly contribute to democracy at our school by having a voice and a choice in current issues, the environment, extracurricular, wellbeing, and learning and teaching.

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Our Trips
Escape Outdoors
Staff Profiles

Mr Bartlam - Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor, British Canoeing White Water Performance Coach, White Water Safety and Rescue, Sea Kayak Leader, Coastal Navigation, White Water Kayak Leader, HSE First Aid Instructor, D of E Gold assessor, Gorge Walk Leader (Site Specific) Coasteering Leader (Site Specific). PGCE Geog and OE. MA in Outdoor Education.


Dr Squier - Hill and Moorland Leader, British Canoeing Paddlesport Coach, White Water Safety and Rescue, Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning, Aspirant Sea Kayak Leader, VHF Operators License, D of E Gold assessor

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House System
House System


The House system originally began in the 1880s and took the names of the four members of staff who ran them. This House system existed until the early 1970s.


In the 1990s the House system was reintroduced and took the names of the first four Heads:


  • Rev. MacCarthy (1883-1916)

  • Mr. Barker (1916-1933)

  • Mr. Dobinson (1933-1946)

  • Mr. Roach (1946-1951)


Ms C Beeson

Head of House


Mr J Pritchard

Head of House


Miss A Adeyemo

Head of House


Miss V Hawkins

Head of House

The Current House System


All Houses are led by a Head of House and all staff, teaching and associate, are attached to one of the Houses. The House Coordinator is Mr P Clifton. The aim of the House system is to generate interest and involvement of the whole school community across a range of activities, but on a vertical grouping so that various ages may mix more readily. It also offers an opportunity for far more pupils to be involved beyond the key school teams. Support from staff is important and all staff are attached to a House. School captains also carry a specific responsibility for one of the house events.