Our House system is the bedrock of our school community and the pastoral care we pride ourselves in. It is designed to unlock the limitless potential of every pupil and help them excel in everything they set out to do. It provides pupils with enrichment and leadership opportunities through a range of inter-house activities including academic events, sporting events and fun competitions – with every House aiming to be crowned the annual St Katherine’s School House Champions.
Key points about the St Katherine’s House system:
- From Year 8 all pupils are overseen by their Head of House who has lead responsibility for their pastoral care and personal development.
- Each pupil is in a tutor group aligned to their House which they stay in throughout their school career. We aim to put siblings in the same House.
- Year 7 join a House when they start at St Katherine’s but remain as a single year group to support them as they settle into secondary school life.
- Their key point of contact is Ms Ball, Transition Learning Manager
- Year 12 and 13 students have separate tutor groups but are affiliated to a House, acting as positive role models, mentors and leaders to younger students in their House.
- All teachers, support staff and governors belong to a House too.
- Each House has pupils elected as House Captain and Vice-Captain (plus House Sports Captains)
Our House names represent individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community and represent our core values.
Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote in 1918.
Head of House: Iain Murdoch; House Colour: Green
Paul Stephenson is a community worker, activist and long-time campaigner for civil rights for the British African-Caribbean community in Bristol. Paul Stephenson is a Freeman of the City of Bristol and was awarded an OBE in 2009.
Head of House: Andy Thomas; House Colour: Red
Alan Turing conceived modern computing. He played a crucial part in the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in WW2. Despite his contributions to the war effort he was persecuted for being homosexual before dying in 1954. He received a pardon from the Queen in 2013.
Head of House: Hannah Price; House Colour: Blue
From the age of 11, Malala Yousafzai campaigned for girls to be given an education in Pakistan. At 15, the Taliban attempted to assassinate her through shooting her, but she survived and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Today Malala campaigns for all to have an education across the world.
Head of House: Esther Andrews; House Colour: Yellow