Our School House System

At Humphry Davy School we care about the individual child.  Students thrive best in an atmosphere where they feel valued and secure.  The needs of our students as individuals and their physical, moral, cognitive, social and emotional development form the basis of the school's pastoral structure.

At the centre of our pastoral structure is our House System.  We have 6 amazing houses.  Each House is led by a house leader, supported by a team of house tutors/mentors.
Kemeneth DefinitionSowena DefinitionAweni Definition
Tevi DefinitionMedra DefinitionLongya Definition

Each tutor/mentor is responsible for a small group of students and therefore able to build stronger relationships with each individual based on detailed and personal understanding.

On entry into the school each student is allocated to a house and a tutor/mentor group.

The tutor/mentor meets the group daily sessions and assemblies.  The tutor/mentor not only has responsibility for the students' welfare on a day to day basis but plays an important part in raising achievement through target setting and supporting students academically.

All mentors work closely with a house leader and members of the leadership team who are involved in individual target setting and student tracking.

Meet our House Leaders!


Kemeneth Definition Mr Leonard   kemeneth

The House Leader for Kemeneth house this year is Mr Leonard. 

"I'm originally from Essex, but I've lived in Bristol and Falmouth before coming to Penzance. I've previously worked as a fish and chip fryer, tour guide, labourer and art gallery volunteer - before becoming an English teacher. I've travelled the world a couple of times, and once presented a ceremonial drink to the president of Fiji (and messed up the lines quite badly). I genuinely love reading, I watch too many films, I enjoy wild swimming and I could probably eat my body weight in chips!"


Sowena Definition RPollock   sowena

The House Leader for Sowena house this year is Miss Pollock.

"Hi! I'm Miss Pollock and I am the Head of Sowena House. As well as being a house leader, I am also an English teacher and love to be creative! In my spare time I like to go on walks with my dogs, Remus and Baxter (hopefully the Harry Potter fans will recognise the name!). I love working at HDS and cannot wait to support you in your time here!"


Aweni Definition Mr brown   aweni ed

The House Leader for Aweni house is Mr Brown. 

"I have worked for HDS for a total of 15 years now! At weekends and evenings you will often find me on Sennen beach where I have been a Surf Coach for the last decade! Before starting at HDS I worked as a Youth Worker with the Hayle Youth Project.  I am happily married and have two lovely children. I love to surf, spend time with my family, fish, basically anything involving the sea you can count me in! My dislikes include walnuts and jelly babies!"


Tevi Definition Mrs sigrist smith   tevi

The House Leader for Tevi house is Mrs Sigrist Smith. 
(Miss Kleiman current acting house lead).

"I am Mrs Sigrist Smith and I am house lead for Tevi house as well as a Textiles and Catering teacher at Humphry Davy School. I love walking with my scruffy poodle who lives up to her name 'Tatty'. I have dual nationality and am half Swiss as well as Cornish! I love love love ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ and am found often in my own little studio at home making clothing for myself, or toys for my little one, whilst eating a nice slice of cake! I am super proud to be house lead of Tevi house. Tevi is Cornish for grow; I think ‘grow’ is the best starting point for us all. To grow is to develop, to shoot up, to spring up but more importantly to do something over time; to raise, to rear, to nurture, to emerge to bloom to bud. We are all growing and blooming and with these accolades we strive to succeed and learn along the way. We are the colour orange for our house which also has excellent merit as it indicates joy, sunshine, happiness as well as a sense of general wellness and emotional wellbeing. ‘It takes courage to grow up and be who you really are’ E.E Cummings."


Medra Definition Mrs thurston   medra

The House Leader for Medra house is Mrs Thurston. 

"I’m Mrs Thurston and I’m House Leader for Medra House and Head of Lower School (which includes years seven, eight and nine). I have been teaching at Humphry Davy School for eleven years and I love that the community feeling that I felt when I came for an interview at the school all that time ago, is still the same feeling I get now when I come to work every day!

Medra means aspire, which to me is all about belief in yourself. As Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the USA, once said ‘Believe in yourself and you’re halfway there!’.  It is only with this belief in ourselves, and our own abilities, that we can begin to accept who we are and challenge ourselves to be better!"


Longya Definition Mr Ball   longya

The House Leader for Longya house is Mr Ball. 

"I am Mr Ball and the proud House Leader for Longya. I'm a PE teacher here at HDS, as well as Head of Upper School (Years 10 and 11), and have been at the school for 16 years. I enjoy most sports but have a particular passion for rugby and love spending time on the beach with my family during the summer. I also enjoy listening to podcasts, making sure I keep fit by taking part in regular exercise and eating chocolate! Come and find me and ask me anything about the school, you are going to really enjoy your time here."

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