Every student in years 7-11 at Great Sankey High School is a member of a house and  this is  an integral part of our pastoral system. The house system allows every student and member of staff to feel a sense of belonging by becoming a member of Austen, Bannister, Newton, Parks, Stephenson and Thompson Houses. By being a member of the house family, students and staff are members of a school within a school, giving the sense of identity being in a much smaller school and  it allows us to know every single student very quickly when they join us and fosters a community feeling and team spirit.

Each student  has a coloured crest and stripes on their school tie that represents the house that they are in. Each house is made up of ten tutor groups which are overseen by a dedicated Head of House. The houses comprise of two form groups form years 7-11 as this breaks down barriers between the year groups and creates a sense of togetherness; encouraging the older students to look out for the younger one developing role models and student leadership?

There are many Interhouse events throughout the year from all areas of school life. This blend ensures that everyone has the opportunity to represent their house in something that they enjoy or are good at. For example house events include; various sporting activities, subject specific projects, quizzes and creative challenges.  Staff lead by example and take part in exactly the same events as the students. These competitions regularly attract crowds of supporters cheering for their house, with the ultimate House event coming in the summer term – sports day – this is a particularly exciting day when students dress up in house colours.

All students have the opportunity to earn house points for their house. These are awarded for things such as exceptional work / effort, contribution to lessons and participation in house competitions. At the end of the academic year house points are added up and combined with Interhouse standings to determine who is the Champion House. one house wins the overall trophy

Visit our House pages to learn more about each House and who they’re named after.

Austen House

Head of House: Mrs K Masher

House Assistant : Kirsty Cahill

Tel: 01925 724118 : 258

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was a Romantic novelist and her work is still some of the most widely read.  Her work includes “Pride and Prejudice”, Sense and Sensibility” and “Emma”.

Bannister House

Head of House: Miss Z Bayne

House Assistant: Kristy Cahill

Tel: 01925 724118 : 258

Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, CBE (born 23 March 1929) is an English former athlete best known for running the first mile in less than 4 minutes.

In the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Bannister set a British record in the 1500 metres, but did not win the medal he expected. This humiliation strengthened his resolve to be the first 4-minute miler.  Bannister went on to become a distinguished neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, before retiring in 1993.

Newton House

Head of House: Mr Bate

House Assistant: Lesley Canning

Tel: 01925 724118 : 249

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was an English Physicist and Mathematician is seen as one of the most influential scientists of all time. Amongst his many achievements are Newtons method for calculating the roots of a function and he built the first reflecting telescope.

Parks House

Head of House: Mrs N Lee

House Assistant: Lesley Canning

Tel: 01925 724118 : 249

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus spurred a city-wide boycott. The city of Montgomery had no choice but to lift the law requiring segregation on public buses

Stephenson House

Head of House: Mrs K Steele

House Assistant: Gillian Buchan

Tel: 01925 724118 : 259

Robert Stephenson was an engineer who invented Stephensons rocket, an early steam locomotive of 0-2-2 wheel arrangement, built in 1829. It was built for, and won, the Rainhill Trials held by the Liverpool & Manchester Railway in 1829 to choose the best design to power the railway.  The locomotive became the template for steam engines for the next 150 years.

Thompson House

Head Of House: Mr B Cawthorn

House Assistant: Gillian Buchan

Tel: 01925 724118 : 259

Tanni Grey Thompson  was born with spina bifida and is a wheelchair user. She is considered to be one of the most successful disabled athletes in the UK. She graduated from Loughborough University in 1991 with a BA (Hons) degree in Politics and Social Administration.  Her international career began in 1988 in Seoul, where she won a bronze medal in the 400m. As a young athlete she also competed in wheelchair basketball. Her fifth and last Paralympic Games were in Athens (2004) where she won two gold medals in wheelchair racing in the 100m and 400m.[4] In total in her Paralympic career she won 16 medals (11 gold, four silver and a bronze)[4] and also 13 World Championship medals (six gold, five silver and two bronze).

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