Apart from dividing the school horizontally into years, it is also divided vertically into five Houses: Bader, Hillary, Keller, Nuffield and Royal. The House names reflect 20th Century figures who have excelled in various areas of achievement, both personal and public.
The Houses are led by typically two Heads of House and they are helped by a team of House and Sports Captains, usually two of each per Year Group. In addition each House has an Assistant Head of House elected from the sixth form and together with the Prefects they support Heads of House where necessary.
The House System is a vital and very successful part of the school pastoral system. The ethos of the school is reinforced by a variety of House activities, including inter-House competitions. On the Friday following all inter-House events, there is an awards ceremony where the overall winning House is awarded with the relevant trophy.
Certificates are awarded to those pupils who reach the reward milestones of 50, 100, 150 and 200 House Points. These are distributed during the half-termly House Assemblies.
All members of staff are attached to Houses. The school duty system is organised around the Houses, with the House Staff forming daily duty teams together with the School Prefects.
Fighter ace, international sportsman, constant rule-breaker and incorrigible escaper, Douglas Bader showed courage and determination in the face of crippling injuries continue to inspire people all over the world, and still does to this day. (NEEDS LINK TO MORE INFORMATION)
Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tensing Norgay were the first humans to reach Earth’s highest point: the summit of Mount Everest in the Himalayas. They reached the top at 11:30 am on May 29, 1953. Hillary was knighted for his feat and in later years led many expeditions. (NEEDS LINK TO MORE INFORMATION)
The first and last Viscount Nuffield, created 1938, motor manufacturer and benefactor, was born in Worcester, one of seven children. In 1943 he gave 10 million pounds to form the Nuffield Foundation as a charitable trust, a figure described as ‘the largest in the history of the nation’. (NEEDS LINK TO MORE INFORMATION)
The Princess Royal, the second child and only daughter of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. The Princess Royal is President or Patron of some 222 organisations. She is also Commandant-in-Chief of the St John Ambulance Brigade and more! (NEEDS LINK TO MORE INFORMATION)
Blinded and made deaf by an illness, Helen Keller continued to explore the world with her other senses, inspiring others with her courage and intelligence. A suffragette and socialist, Helen campaigned for equal rights for women and better pay for the working class. (NEEDS LINK TO MORE INFORMATION)