Junior School Library
Junior School Library


Becoming part of our famously loyal and supportive school

What makes the unique ethos at Channing? In one word – community. Channing staff know the girls well and the girls in turn are secure in the knowledge that they are known.

Community is so important to us – everywhere you look, you will see pupils and teachers chatting, supporting each other, taking part in charity events, having fun, looking out for each other. Everyone at Channing takes pride in their community and in their environment.

The House System

The House system originated in the Junior School and is also now a strong feature in the Senior School. When they join the School, girls become members of one of four Houses: Goodwin (Green), Sharpe (Red), Spears (Yellow) or Waterlow (Blue). This engenders a sense of community. House activities include charity weeks, competitions, assemblies and sports. Each activity earns House points, which are read out in Spanish each week by the Year 6 House Captains during assembly. Another key Channing initiative is the Channing Promise, written by pupils and inspired by the school’s ethos.

The Channing Association

And let’s not forget the parents! The Channing Association is a thriving organisation that seeks to involve parents as little or as often as they like. Each class has a Channing Association Rep, who helps organise social events for parents and the girls. The New Parents’ Tea is a great opportunity for you to meet each other and the Quiz in the Spring Term is a fun evening. For the girls, the parents organise a Christmas Bazaar, an Easter Egg and Treasure Hunt, and a Summer Fayre. These events plus the numerous cake sales and coffee mornings give parents and pupils the opportunity to be part of the friendly Channing community.