House System

The main function of the house system is to develop a sense of identity or belonging and to celebrate achievements. Each house at JMS represents a river in Abingdon and each student will belong to either Thames, Stert or Ock.

Every member of Staff and every Student belong to one of the 3 houses.

It is important for students to have the opportunity to play an active role and contribute to a community within their school, which allows them to develop skills and talents and acknowledges their successes in a wide range of ways. We encourage students to play an active role in the success of their house. Individual and team efforts are rewarded as well as participation. Students are expected to contribute to Inter-house competitions throughout the year.

Our Head Boy and Head Girl lead half termly House assemblies around our core values and behaviours. They also lead a group of student ambassadors who support the running of House competitions and ethos.


Colour: Green

River: Ock - A small tributary of the River Thames. Catchment area the Vale of White Horse, a low-lying and wide valley in South Oxfordshire. Flows into the River Thames, at Abingdon on the reach above Culham Lock.

Moto: Faster, Louder, Better, Stronger. You can't tame this energy inside.

Song: DJ Fresh Ft. Sian Evans - Louder


Colour: Red

River: Stert - A small stream that flows through Boxhill Wood, to the north of central Abingdon. near Whitington Court it enters a culvert, flowing beneath Stert Street, a channel dating back to medival times.

Moto: Be the Star, not the shadow.

Song: Eye of the Tiger.


Colour: Blue

River: Thames - The longest river in England at 215 miles with 45 locks. If flows through Abingdon, where the oldest surviving lock chamber exists, dating back to 1624 and then out into the North Sea at the Thames Estuary..

Moto: Respect all, Fear none, Ready for every challenge.

Song: Thunderstruck by ACDC


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