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The House System was introduced in 1916 with the four Houses named North, South, East and West. Membership of a particular House was based on the compass direction of a boy’s house from the School.
In 1920 the allocation to Houses on the original geographical criterion was changed because it was failing to provide an equitable distribution. But what to call them instead? As the magazine reported: ‘various suggestions as to the names by which the four Houses are to be distinguished have been made, but, until this point has been finally settled, they will be known by the colours which have been adopted’. And, of course, as the settlement of the point was delayed, so Blue, Brown, Green and Red came increasingly to be accepted and hardened into a tradition of loyalty that could then not conceivably be altered.
From September 2017, due to the expansion of the school to a five form entry, we have decided, after 97 years, to name/rename the old four Houses and also create a new house.
The new Houses are: Manor, Warwick, Greyhound, Lenham and Throwley.
There is a connection with the school history. The school was founded in 1899 in Throwley Road and then moved to the current site in 1928, surrounded on the North, East, South and West by Manor Lane, Warwick Road, Greyhound Road, and Lenham Road – so the names chosen have direction and location links with the history of the school. The new house colour will be orange – which gives five colours, that all show up clearly against each other and on the school tie.
The House Shield is based on a house points system and points are awarded for various academic, sporting, artistic and school community achievements. As part of the House Shield competition, many house events are held each year. Each year, additional competitions are added but here are just some of them:
Each year, the House Masters appoint House Captains from the Sixth Form, who lead pupils in pastoral activities throughout the year. Many address pupils during assemblies, help to organise sports teams, lead the warm-up lap in opening the annual House Athletics Championship and, at the end of their tenure, help to select their successor. They are assisted by a Secretary and occasionally a Vice-Captain.