Set up or add a House and manage house enrolments

If your school uses houses, you can set up and manage this in Arbor. You can then see data grouped by House in many areas of your Arbor site - useful for seeing behaviour points totals for each house!

Please note: This process should be used to create houses mid-year.

If you'd like to copy over your current houses to next year, or add new ones for next year, we recommend following the New School Year Setup process.

How long will it take?

  • Adding a house - 1 minute
  • Adding a Head of House - 2 minutes
  • Adding students manually - 5 minutes


You will need either the School: Pastoral Structure: Administer or Student Profile: Enrolment: Administer All Students permission to manage houses. If you don't have the permission, you'll need to ask your admin team to give you permission using these instructions.


Adding a new house

To create, edit and view houses on Arbor go to Students > Enrolment > Houses. Here you can see the houses this academic year, the Head of house and how many students are in each.



You can create new houses by clicking +Add



By clicking into a house you can see and edit the setup of that house.




Adding a Head of House

Add a Head of House by clicking +Add. You can see more information here: Add, change or remove Head of House

Please note that we also recommend giving them the Head of House business role to make sure they have the right permissions.



Can we assign staff to houses?

It isn't possible to add staff to houses outside of making them a Head of House.


Adding student enrolments

Adding student enrolments into a course or registration form

Add an automatic enrolment from this house into a course if needed.



You can link registration forms to the house.




Adding students to the house

Add students to the house from the Current Students section by clicking +Add.

Please note that it is not possible to add students in bulk by uploading spreadsheet or import.



Adding students from last year

If you want to add all the students who were in a particular house last year, you can from here. Just select last year's house here.

You can also add individual students.



Moving or removing students

You can then transfer students to a new house or withdraw students from this house if needed.




What's next?

Once you set up your houses, you can filter to show only students enrolled in a house in many of our in-built reports. Take a look here for more details: Where can I see report data grouped by house?

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