All members of the school, both staff and students, are allocated to one of the four Houses:
At the conclusion of a series of more than 30 inter-house competitions throughout the year in 15 different disciplines, the 'Lees Cup' is awarded to the overall Champion House.
Thereafter, they have the opportunity to engage in the extra-curricular life of the school at a level which is accessible to virtually all students through a wide range of sporting events or through competitions in Music, Debating, Drama, Chess, Spelling, Poetry Recital or Mock Trial.
In addition, the organisation of events is delegated to students at all levels, allowing them also to develop leadership skills and to take on increasing levels of responsibility, as they progress through the school. A typical hierarchy would be as follows:
→ House staff: each House operates under the overview of 2 members of staff:
|Brontë||Mr Z. Basser (ZBR)||Mrs N. Swann (NJS)|
|Clarke||Mr N. Stokoe (NSE)||
Mrs B. Bexton (BAB)
Mrs J. Doran (JLD)
|Houldsworth||Mr A. Hiigh (AHH)||Mrs R. Pyrah (RLP)|
|Priestley||Mr S. Keenleyside (SKE)||Ms A. Lumb (ALL)|
→ Senior House captains / vice-captains with strategic responsibilities
→ House Captains / vice-captains with specific responsibilities: eg for Sport, Music, Drama, Debating, Chess
→ Year group captains (years 7 - 11) with strategic responsibilities
→ Form captains with specific responsibilities: eg for Sport, Music, Drama, Debating, Chess
The vertical structure also brings many social benefits, allowing students the opportunity to engage in activities with others from outside their own year group. The role model set by senior members of the House is therefore vital in helping to perpetuate the ethos of the school - a contribution which is quite rightly acknowledged on many a UCAS form!
All students are actively encouraged to play their part.
This is a provisional overview of the pattern of events. The precise schedule is at the discretion of House Staff. Dates will be published on the 'upcoming events' section of the home page of the school's website; in addition they will be publicised in House Assemblies which take place on Tuesday each week.
|Senior Debates||Senior Debates|
|Poetry recital||Poetry recital|
|Spelling Bee||Spelling Bee|
|Summer Term||Mock trial||Mock trial|
|Junior Debates||Junior Debates|