Tutoring & Housing System

Aberdare Community School

Aberdare Community School operates a house system and pupils are put into houses on entry. The House System forms an essential part of the Aberdare community. Its rationale is to encourage healthy competition between groups of students, a common purpose and a sense of belonging. We want students to be proud of their House and proud of their school.
Our houses represent the characteristics we wish to see and build in our pupils.

Tŷ Afon – Blue – Creativity
Tŷ Coedwig – Green – Collaboration
Tŷ Castell – Red – Resilience
Tŷ Mynydd – Yellow - Aspiration

Aberdare Community School


On joining the school pupils are assigned to a tutor group and house. Year 7 students joining the school are aligned to the house of their siblings where appropriate. They meet with their tutors on a daily basis and get to know them very well; the tutor is also the first point of contact for parents. Pupils will remain in the same tutor group and house throughout their school life. Each form class will nominate a House Captain, who will attend regular meetings with other House Captains from other form classes throughout the year. Each year group is over-seen by a progress leader who reports to the Director of Pupil Progress.



Students collect points for their Houses through achievement points, good attendance, awards, sports participation, extra-curricular participation, community involvement and through a range of competitions which run throughout the academic year. The accumulation of House points is celebrated at end of year assemblies. Celebration, recognition and success are embedded into the culture of the school. Displays all around the school celebrate students’ contributions and commitment to school life.

The House whose students have accumulated the greatest number of points at the end of each academic year is awarded the House Cup.