One of the four excellences at Fort Pitt is ‘Community’. Our School is a place where all people are respected, where we acknowledge the principles we have, and where we have commitments to those less fortunate than ourselves. We do lots of work in our school community to support students and to give them opportunities to mix with others from both inside and outside the school. Some of these special opportunities are detailed in this section.
Every member of the Fort Pitt community is a member of one of our four houses named after famous women: Meaden, Ryder, Somerville and Westwood. Each house has a sixth form head girl and a team of three house leaders, elected by the whole school every year. Houses have their own house colour and a notice board where events are advertised and information displayed. House assemblies are held fortnightly with the head girls, house leaders and staff leading the proceedings with a thought for the week and a chance to recruit for house events.
Our first major event of the year is the House Arts Cup, held in October. All the houses produce a 15 minute performance including singing, drama and dance on a theme chosen by the Headteacher. All performances will be professionally judged, and the whole school can get involved in performing, supporting behind the scenes or just cheering in the audience – a great day to celebrate Fort Pitt’s various talents and have fun together before the term starts in earnest.
Just before Easter the houses compete for the House Charities Cup. Each house will produce goods to sell at a two-day fair. There will be prizes for the best idea, the best stall and the most money raised. All the proceeds go to charitable organisations chosen by the students. In the summer term house sports will dominate, with tournaments in rounders and tennis (netball and football tournaments having taken place in Term 4) and a spectacular Sports Day! Everyone has the opportunity to get involved in a house activity, developing the already strong sense of community at Fort Pitt.
Vertical Tutor Grouping
At Fort Pitt we have moved away from the traditional way of organising form groups, where 30 students of the same age and year group take registration together. We have forms of up to 20 students, taken from a range of year groups. We believe this more accurately reflects the world outside school and it enables older students to play a real part in the lives of new younger students. Younger students are able to develop close relationships with students much older than themselves, learning from their experience and expertise in the process.
In the last two academic years the school has raised over £11,000 for charity. Each house has a nominated charity which benefits from money raised through tag days, cake sales, card sales, talent shows and house events.
This year we hope to sponsor Save the Children Fund, Children in Need, local homelessness charities, women’s refuge centres and we always respond to international disaster appeals.