Our House System
Elizabeth House is named after HRH Queen Elizabeth II who has ruled for longer than any other monarch in British history, becoming a much loved and respected figure across the globe. Her extraordinary reign has seen her travel more widely than any other monarch, undertaking many historic overseas visits. She has reigned through major political changes and a global pandemic . Known for her sense of duty and her devotion to a life of service, she has been an important figurehead for the UK and the Commonwealth during times of enormous social change.
Malala House is named after Malala Yousafzai, an activist for girls' education. Malala was shot in October 2012 after speaking out publicly on behalf of girls and their right to learn. Malala was treated in hospital in Birmingham and finished her education in Britain. She went on to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University before graduating in 2020. She has won a Nobel Peace Prize and continues to campaign for the right of all girls to be educated.
Curie House is named after Marie Curie who was a physicist, chemist and pioneer in the study of radiation. During her life, she won two Nobel Peace Prizes and is most famously known for her discovery of radium and polonium, as well as her huge contribution to finding treatments for cancer.
Pankhurst House is named after Emmeline Pankhurst who was an English political activist best remembered for organising the suffragette movement and helping women to get the vote. Pankhurst was named as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century by TIME magazine, stating that "she shaped an idea of objects for our time" and "shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back". She was widely criticised for her militant tactics, but her work is recognised as a crucial element in achieving women's suffrage in the United Kingdom.