The House System at Huntington School

Our four Houses are Bronte, Cook, Johnson and Wilberforce. The names represent four famous Yorkshire people.
Each year the houses compete for the House Trophy and the House Shield. You can gain points for your house through good attendance, good effort and achievement in your work, by contributing positively to the life of the school or by competing in one of the many House competitions we run each year.

Each House has a House Tutor Leader, a House Progress Leader and an affiliated member of the Student Support Leader team. These three roles comprise the House Leadership Team.

Arguably, the most important element of each House team, however, is the Form Tutors for each House. It is the tutors who are, in effect, the students’ champions. It is the form tutor who best knows each child in a class of 30 students and champions his or her cause, celebrates his or her achievements and supports him or her when s/he inevitably falls.

The House Leadership Team roles

House Tutor Leader (HTLs)

The House Tutor Leaders work closely with the Form Tutors to ensure that the students within their House are supported effectively. Their support the students and form tutors during the PSCHEE sessions and in form time.

House Progress Leaders (HPLs)

The House Progress Leaders monitor the progress of the students within their House and ensure action is taken to prevent underachievement.

Student Support Leaders (SSLs)

The four Student Support Leaders are assigned one to each particular House but work together in a single central office. They provide general support with regard to behaviour and attendance within the House whilst working to support some of our most vulnerable students.

House Tutor Leader, House Progress Leader & Student Support Leader


Mrs K Potts (HTL)

Mrs C Johnson (HPL)

Mrs L Hammell (SSL) 




Mrs R Garbett (HTL)

Mrs C Hadcroft (HPL)

Mrs C Whiteley (SSL)  

Mr P Floyd (SSL) 



Mrs L Hopson (HTL)

Mr T Burnage (HPL)

Mr J Kerridge (SSL)




Mr T Paley (HTL)

Mr N Meldrum (HPL)

Every Child Deserves a Champion

Teaching and learning should bring joy. How powerful would our world be if we had kids who were not afraid to take risks, who were not afraid to think, and who had a champion? Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.

Rita Pierson, American educator.

Huntington School has four Houses: Bronte, Cook, Johnson and Wilberforce.


Brontë House


House Tutor Leader: Miss Hutchison

House Progress Leader: Mr Wareham

Tutor Teams 2015-2016

  • 7BA Ms Brown/Mrs Hadcroft
  • 7BB Miss McFadzean
  • 8BA Miss Tee
  • 8BB Mrs Smith/Miss Hentschel
  • 9BA Miss Moylett
  • 9BB Mr Meldrum
  • 10BA Mr P Bruce
  • 10BB Miss Mansfield
  • 11BA Mrs White/Mrs Kirby
  • 11BB Miss Elliott

I am no bird: and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will – Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Brontë.

Charlotte Brontë, born in Thornton in North Yorkshire, was one of the three Brontë sisters, and worked as a novelist. She was born in 1816, and died in 1855, and together with her second youngest sister Emily, is one of the most famous and celebrated novelists of all time.

Her most famous work is of course Jane Eyre, a moving story of the emotion and experiences that are encountered on the way to adulthood, written in 1829. She is celebrated as having changed the way that fiction was written, and for progressing the rights, equality, and independence of women. She was subject to significant criticism for her work, which was seen to encourage women to rebel against the authority of the time, men, although she continued to write despite this. During her life, Charlotte became a teacher in Yorkshire, and later moved to Brussels to study French, German and Music. She eventually married at the age of 39, but sadly died 8 months later whilst pregnant.

She is, undoubtedly, an excellent person on whom to base a House!

Word of the Week:

In memory of Charlotte Brontë, the house displays a Word of the Week! The current list, since this idea has been running, is as follows:

  1. Kith (n): “Friends”
  2. Quaggy (adj): “Marshy, Boggy”
  3. Rigmarole (n): “Foolish talk, gibberish, or a complicated procedure”
  4. Schlep (vb): “To move awkwardly or to carry something”
  5. Rue (vb): “To regret”
  6. Vernal (adj): “Appearing or occuring in spring”


Cook House


House Tutor Leader: Mr D R Lamb

House Progress Leader: Mr J R Crabtree

Congratulations to all our students in Cook House who’s hard work and effort was rewarded with the Participation Cup this year. Well done!

Participation Cup

Tutor Teams 2015-2016

  • 7CC Mrs Lefebvre
  • 7CD Mr Savory
  • 8CC Mr Dunwell
  • 8CD Miss Heys
  • 9CC Miss Fletcher
  • 9CD Mr Gray
  • 10CC Mrs Potts/Ms Pinkney
  • 10CD Mr Furness/Mrs Skaith
  • 11CC Miss Dawson
  • 11CD Miss Carr

Upcoming House Competitions:

Spring: Bake Off

Spring: Talent Contest

Summer: Sports Day (Years 7, 8 & 9)

Summer: Tennis & Badminton Competitions

For each House competition that students enter participation points are given. The Houses are then ranked as follows:

  1. 1st Place – 200HP
  2. 2nd Place – 150HP
  3. 3rd Place – 100HP
  4. 4th Place – 50HP

Can Cook House win the Participation Cup for the second year running? Let’s try!

Who was Captain Cook?


James Cook was born on 27 October 1728 in a small village near Middlesbrough in Yorkshire. His father was a farm worker. At the age of 17, Cook moved to the coast, settling in Whitby and finding work with a coal merchant. In 1755, Cook enlisted in the Royal Navy, serving in North America where he learnt to survey and chart coastal waters.

In 1769, the planet Venus was due to pass in front of the Sun, a rare event visible only in the southern hemisphere. The British government decided to send an expedition to observe the phenomenon. A more secret motive was to search for the fabled southern continent. Cook was chosen as commander of the Whitby-built HMS Endeavour. Those on board included astronomer Charles Green and botanist Joseph Banks.

Endeavour arrived in Tahiti in April 1769 where Green was able to observe the transit of Venus. Endeavour continued on to New Zealand, and then sailed along the length of Australia’s eastern coast, which had never before been seen by Europeans. Cook claimed it for Britain and named it New South Wales. Cook and his crew then returned home, arriving in July 1771.

In 1772, not satisfied by his previous exploits, Cook set out on a second voyage to look for the southern continent. His two ships sailed close to the Antarctic coast but were forced to turn back by the cold. They then visited New Zealand and Tahiti, returning to England in 1775.

Cook’s third voyage was to find the North-West Passage that was believed to link the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Unable to find the fabled route, Cook took his two ships south and explored the island of Hawaii. Relations with the islanders were soured after the theft of a ship’s boat. On 14 February Cook tried to take the local leader hostage. There was a scuffle and Cook was stabbed and killed.

Johnson House


House Tutor Leader: Mrs Hopson

House Progress Leader: Mr Burnage

Tutor Teams 2015-2016

  • 7JE Mr Tunnicliffe
  • 7JF Mrs Burns
  • 8JE Miss Ross
  • 8JF Mr Littlewood
  • 9JE Mrs Garbutt/Mrs Smith
  • 9JF Mrs Thompson
  • 10JE Mrs Van Opstal
  • 10JF Mrs Yeadon/Miss Skelton
  • 11JE Mr Norris
  • 11JF Mrs Bailey

Johnson House History

House Point Trophy Winners

By putting in lots of effort and hard work, Johnson House students were crowned House Point trophy winners in 2013 and 2014!

Sports Day Winners

Johnson House students show determination and enthusiasm at Sports Day by getting involved in a range of track and field events. The flags were flying high after being awarded the Sports Day cup two years in a row!


There are lots of competitions and opportunities for students to get involved and win participation House Points. Johnson House has yet to win the Participation Cup. Hopefully this will be their year!

Upcoming events

October: Dodgeball Competition
November: Children in Need charity stalls (Years 7 & 8)
December: Caption Competition
January: Bake Off
April: Talent Contest
June: Sports Day (Years 7, 8 & 9) and Inter-House Badminton Competition
July: Tennis Competition

Who was Amy Johnson?

Johnson House is named after Amy Johnson, who was a famous British aviator born in Hull in 1903. She is best known as the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia, a feat she accomplished in 19 days in 1930. She then went on to join the Air Transport Auxilliary during the Second World War, where she flew for several years. Tragically, she drowned in the Thames Estuary following a crash in terrible weather conditions in January 1941. Her bravery, determination and pioneering spirit is honoured by the students of Johnson House to this day.

Wilberforce House

house-wilberforceHouse Tutor Leader: Mr Paley
House Progress Leader: Mr Teasdale

Tutor Teams 2015-2016

  • 7WG: Miss Campbell
  • 7WH: Mr Jones
  • 8WG: Mr Hunt
  • 8WH: Miss Terry
  • 9WG: Mr Hughes
  • 9WH: Mr Featherstone
  • 10WG: Miss Maycock
  • 10WH: Mrs Johnson
  • 11WG: Mrs Robinson/Mr Clark
  • 11WH: Miss Walker

Other colleagues supporting form tutors in Wilberforce House are:
Mr Quigley
Mr Wilson

Wilberforce House Student of the Week

Each week the Wilberforce House form tutors nominate a Wilberforce House Student of the Week. This is a student which has demonstrated the Wilberforce House core values of Honesty, Respect and Kindness during the previous week or has done something above and beyond what has been expected. A certificate is presented to the student in assembly by the Head of House.

Wilberforce House

House Champions 2012 and Runners-Up 2013
Wilberforce House were the winners of the House Shield for 2011-2012 and the runners-up for 2012-2013. Well done!

Year 7 and the Big 8

Wilberforce House Year 7 students worked together on their first day at Huntington School during the Big 8 day to produce two amazing friezes showing William Wilberforce demonstrating the Big 8 skills. At the end of the day, the judges decided that the Wilberforce friezes were the best out of all four houses. Well done to our new Year 7 students on a brilliant first day at Huntington School!

Wilberforce Trust


Wilberforce House have linked with the local charity the Wilberforce Trust which is based here in Huntington. It looks after the partially-sighted within the community.

Wilberforce House students have been designing the Christmas Cards for the Wilberforce Trust. These designs will be sold in school and across the city to raise money for the Wilberforce Trust. Congratulations to Kate Dodwell, Caitlin Hamilton and Marci Curcher whose designs are now on sale from the school reception – 10 cards and envelopes for £3. All proceeds from the sale on these cards go to the Wilberforce Trust.

In January 2014, 10 students from 7WH visited the Headquarters of the Wilberforce Trust to take part in an activity morning. Full details about their visit can be found here at the Wilberforce Trust website.

Attendance in Wilberforce House

The House pastoral team are having a big drive towards making attendance as good as possible; and in the spirit of this, each week the form in the House with the highest level of attendance receives a certificate for its achievement!

William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce was a British Philanthropist, Politician, and most notably one of the leading voices in the early-mid 19th century speaking out against the slave trade. Born in Kingston upon Hull in 1759, he went on to become the independent MP for Yorkshire, his main achievement during this time being the leadership of the successful campaign to pass the Slave Trade Act 1807. The total campaign leading up to this moment took 26 years.

Wilberforce was not just kind-hearted towards the slave cause; he worked hard during his career as an activist in the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and was a member of the executive board of the Church Mission Society.

Moving back to focus his attention on the slave trade, which despite his previous success was still prominent, William campaigned for the complete abolition of slavery, leading to the passage of the Slavery Abolition Act 1833. Just three days after hearing that this bill had been passed through Parliament, Wilberforce passed away due to ill health. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

Wilberforce House Quiz

The 10 forms compete in a weekly quiz on Friday mornings, designed by the Year 11 Student Leaders.