Gumley House School FCJ

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House System

Giving students a sense of community and belonging as well as encouraging healthy competition.

It's not quite a choice made by a talking hat from Hogwarts ... but Gumley's house system fosters a spirit of loyalty and collaboration, providing opportunities for personal growth in challenging and fun activities.

There are six houses in total.

All the students within a tutor group belong to the same house, and continue to remain in that house throughout their time at the school. The house system offers opportunities for young people of different ages to interact, working and having fun together.

The six Houses are distinguished by the colour of tie and ID badge ribbon and their patron Saint. 

St. Clare of Assisi

St John

St Joan of

St Thomas More

St. Richard Reynolds

St Theresa of Avila


What does the House system mean?

Identity: When students join Gumley House they immediately identify as a member of a House. This identity stays with them and is strengthened through their engagement with House activities. This not only eases their transition into the school but draws them closer together during their time.

  • Competition: This is a healthy and integral part of the House System. The opportunity to engage in competition alongside your peers not only has academic benefits but aids social and emotional development too. Those who compete for their House buy-in to the ethos of the school and commit themselves more to academia.
  • Inclusivity: The House System is for all. All interests, abilities and characteristics are catered for and celebrated through the range of opportunities that it provides.  As staff are tutors - they are also assigned to a House.
  • Community: Students see themselves as part of a community, whether it is in school, locally or globally. Students engage in actions to benefit these communities and feel connected to the causes they are supporting.
  • Collaboration: Students learn to work together in teams within their year group and vertically through the school. They learn about the different skills and abilities of others, no matter their age or background. Together they are stronger.
  • Leadership: The House System provides key leadership opportunities for students of all ages. This could include being the captain of an inter-House team, running a charity committee or leading an assembly as the House Captain.

There are house activities in a wide range of areas including music, drama, dance, netball, hockey, athletics, science, home and school languages, fundraising for charities of their choice (in ever more creative ways) and assemblies.

Each House is led by a House Team from the Sixth Form. A member of staff is also responsible for over-seeing the activities of each house.

Winning House Wall of Honour

2018 / 2019

2019 / 2020

2020 / 2021

2021 / 2022

2022 / 2023

2023 / 2024