YOUr House System
The Highcrest Academy House System 2023/2024
The House System aims to help all students, staff and the wider school community to have an increased sense of belonging; to further increase Competition and Challenge and to increase student leadership – especially in the upper school.
HEAD OF HOUSES: Mr Barrett email@example.com
Our House Heroes
In September 2023, we introduced our new House ties as part of an overall upgrade to our House system, that was first introduced in 2015. As part of this upgrade, our Academy Council, who speak on behalf of all students to ensure they have a voice, expressed a desire to update the House names to a selection of individuals who are more meaningful and relevant to them. As a consequence, at the end of this academic year we will be saying farewell to a number of historical giants who have served us well over the past eight years; Einstein, Nightingale, Austen, Da Vinci, Wordsworth, Curie and Galileo. In their place from September, we welcome seven phenomenal individuals from the Twentieth and Twenty-first Century who, for a range of associated work will inspire us to do better and be better. Our new House Heroes are: Pelé, Bilquis Edhi, Alan Turing, Rosa Parks, Neil Armstrong, Frida Kahlo and Muhammad Ali. These House names now represent a new chapter in the school’s history and bring with them a host of exciting and new opportunities.
Pelé, Blue House. Pelé an extraordinary footballer, ambassador for ecology and the environment and helped bring the Olympics to Rio in 2018. He said, "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do".
Led by Head of House, Miss Colmenero
House Captains: A Devlin & A Jack
Edhi, Green House. Bilquis Edhi, a nurse in Pakistan, practically helped thousands of unwanted babies and is referred to as ‘The Mother of Pakistan’. She remembers her mother giving her two pennies, “Spend one on yourself and give the other way”.
Led by Head of House, Miss Hall
House Captains: A Ali, E Collins, R Gohar & A Shahmard
Turing, Orange House. Alan Turing is widely credited for his contribution to the start of modern computing and breaking the Enigma code, shortening World War II.
He said, “We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done”.
Led by Head of House, Mr Geddes
House Captains: T Khan, N Sharp, M Ahmed and M Cruickshank-Shaw
Parks, Pink House. Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat and her campaigning earned her the accolade of ‘mother of the modern day civil rights movement’.
She said, “I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free … so other people would be also free”.
Led by Head of House, Miss Sanghera
House Captains: A James, S Khan & A Shah
Armstrong, Purple House. Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon, serving his country with great humility as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot and astronaut. He said, “I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine”.
Led by Head of House, Mr Nawaz
House Captains: M Serir & A Waudby
Kahlo, Red House. Frida Kahlo struggled with her health, but used her time spent in hospital to learn to paint, becoming one of Mexico’s greatest artists. She said, “Fall in love with yourself, with life, and then with whoever you want”.
Led by Head of House, Miss Bibet
House Captains: B Beecham O'Garro & P Sinnappu
Ali, Yellow House. Muhammad Ali earned his nickname ‘the Greatest’ as a professional boxer, but willingly sacrificed all his boxing titles to stand up for what he believed. He said, “Don’t count the days, make the days count”.
Led by Head of House, Mr Jones
House Captains: A Abbas & A Ford
House Competition Schedule 2023/2024
|W/C 2 October||PE and English Department Competitions|
|W/C 6 November||Art Department Competition|
|W/C 8 January||Technology Department Competition|
|W/C 5 February||EAL and MFL Department Competitions|
|W/C 4 March||Maths, Art and Science Department Competitions|
|W/C 6 May||Humanities Department Competitions|
|W/C 3 June||Drama/ Music and Business & IT Department Competition|
Charity House Schedule 2023/2024
|W/C 30 October||Kahlo Red Fundraising|
|W/C 20 November||Edhi Green Fundraising|
|W/C 8 January||Ali Yellow Fundraising|
|W/C 22 January||Parks Pink Fundraising|
|W/C 19 February||Turing Orange Fundraising|
|W/C 11 March||Armstrong Purple Fundraising|
|W/C 15 April||Pele Blue Fundraising|
House Shield Winners 2022/2023
|Academic Year||Winning House|
|Previous House Competitions 2021 to 2023|