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Introduction to the House System

We operate a pastoral house system of four Houses, Garrett, Hockney, Mason and Palin. Form groups within each house are divided by year group.


The benefits of the house system are as follows:

  • healthy & meaningful competition; the four houses compete for a trophy, The Benedict Shield, on an annual basis with all aspects of school life counting towards its award e.g. academic performance, attendance, punctuality, behaviour, merits, the performing and visual arts, community and sport
  • easy for tutors to monitor targets and focus on specific year group needs
  • improve accountability and quality assurance
  • easier communication for parents / carers

The Houses

House names have been selected from famous Yorkshire persons related to the arts.

Each House annually has nominated one boy and one girl House Captain and one boy and one girl Vice Captain.

Garrett Hockney


Benedict Shield

Each term all house points are aggregated and the top scoring house wins the Buttery Shield which is presented at the end of Term assembly. At the end of the summer term points from the termly Buttery Shield are added together and the winning house receives the Benedict Shield at the end of year assembly.

House Points are gained from Class Chart rewards, 100% attendance, taking part in school productions, playing sport for the school, good behaviour and going the extra mile. Points are deducted for being late to school, incorrect uniform, using mobile phones in school and poor behaviour.

Current positions
Benedict Shield

Garrett Hockney Mason Palin
2021  4th 1st   2nd  3rd
2020 4th   2nd  1st 3rd 
2019 2nd 1st 3rd 4th
2018 1st 4th 2nd 3rd
2017 Joint 3rd 1st 2nd Joint 3rd
2016 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
2015 2nd 1st 3rd 4th
2014 4th 1st 3rd 2nd
2013 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
2012 4th 3rd 2nd 1st

Buttery Shield

Term Garrett Hockney Mason Palin

Summer Term 2022
Spring Term 2022
Autumn Term 2021 2nd 1st 4th 3rd

Summer Term 2021 2nd 1st 4th 3rd
Spring Term 2021 4th 1st 2nd 3rd
Autumn Term 2020 3rd 4th 1st 2nd
2019-2020 Summer Term 2020 4th 2nd 1st 3rd
Spring Term 2020 Lockdown: rolled into summer results
Autumn Term 2019 4th 2nd 1st 3rd
2018-2019 Summer Term 2019 3rd 1st 2nd 4th
Spring Term 2019 3rd 1st 4th 2nd
Autumn Term 2018 2nd 1st 4th 3rd
2017-2018 Summer Term 2018 1st 3rd 4th 2nd
Spring Term 2018 1st 4th 2nd 4th
Autumn Term 2017 1st 3rd 2nd 4th
2016-2017 Summer Term 2017 3rd 1st 2nd 4th
Spring Term 2017 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Autumn Term 2016 3rd 1st 4th 2nd
2015-2016 Summer Term 2016 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Spring Term 2016 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Autumn Term 2015 1st 2nd 4th 3rd
2014-2015 Summer Term 2015 2nd 1st 3rd 4th
Spring Term 2015 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Autumn Term 2014 3rd 1st 4th 2nd