When each child starts at Cranleigh Prep, he or she is allocated to one of the four Houses: Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts or Spades.

House points can be gained through various means, the most important of which are hard work and good behaviour; the effort marks earned for academic endeavour, as indicated on the children’s report cards, are added up together and go towards the House total.

Valuable additional points are awarded for participating in House competitions, such as the House Hockey or rugby matches, the music or handwriting competitions or for being a member of the orchestra or choir, for taking a role in a school play, or for being in a position of responsibility. Points are also gained for commendable behaviour around the school.

There is keen competition between the Houses and the announcement of the ongoing termly tally is eagerly awaited.

The children derive a great sense of community from belonging to a House. It gives the older pupils an opportunity to lead a team as well as being a good role model to the younger ones.