Our Houses work for charity: The story so far

Our houses have been hard at work this year raising in excess of £1,300 for charity (and the school year is not over yet!)

Here is a summary of all the things they have been up to so far:


Pankhurst House

Pankhurst’s fantastic committee have been very busy this year raising money, competing vigorously and running events for the House.  In characteristically off-the-wall fashion, we started off with Wacky Races, a race of radio controlled vehicles around a track built by year 13s in Room 25.  Here, several cars (and a drone) competed in a number of competitions.  The ‘wacky’ element was heightened by the fact that several of the controllers operated on the same frequency- thanks to Mr Chillingworth for explaining the science to me!  But it was enjoyed by participants and spectators and we raised about £20.

 Year 9 and Year 10 were kind enough to donate a portion of their Secret Santa money this Christmas to our House charity, Women’s Aid.

Pankhurst raised an astounding £250 selling cute crème egg and knitted chickens for Francis’ House Hospice – even we were surprised at their extraordinary popularity – the first batch of 100 disappeared in about 15 minutes and we had to order more.

We competed well in the Sport Relief Challenge coming second in the Basketball and penalty shootout and joint second on the bikes.

We absolutely smashed the Lip-Sync challenge with a fabulous winning performance from Charlie Buckley from year 10, and we also stole second place with Jennifer Jones and Ellen Shillito beautifully choreographed version of Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’.

Most recently, we unveiled our ‘secret weapon’- a genuine Mr Whippy Machine –owned by our House Captain, Ibrahim Zulfiqar, though tactically we seemed to have slipped up by wheeling it out the day after the hottest day of the year.  Well, they do say that ice cream tastes better when it’s slightly raining, don’t they?  Undeterred, we hid our weapon in a secret location and unleashed it again on a glorious Thursday lunchtime raising an amazing £200, though I think Mr Mullins and the Head of Wolfendale still owe us for a couple of 99s!

Altogether then, Pankhurst have raised about £550 for charity.  It’s been another successful year for our House and our committee already has lots of exciting plans for events next year.


Dakin House


This year the Dakin House have truly established themselves as leaders in student voice and cohesive action. We have delivered more events and raised more money than any of the other houses and our committee and volunteers have worked tirelessly in this process.

We kicked off the year with a Halloween themed bake which saw the collective baking talents displayed from 21 entrants across the houses. The event witnessed some incredible artistic and delicious cakes and raised £260 for the NSPCC.

 As winter approached Abdullah and Awais promoted the very successful Bobble Hat Day and Christmas fair which raised a further £180 for our house charity,

 Proving the worth of our committee meetings Abdullah’s and Ese came up with ideas for the “Wall of love” on Valentines Day and the “Lip synch battle” ” inter-house competitions, both hugely successful events with lots of participation and friendly competition. Mr Chillingworth was very happy too as he won the Cuddly Monkey donated by Azia for his new-born Daughter.

William and Sean delivered an outstanding and very charming performance at the lip Synch battle rising to the challenge against some stiff competition and gaining us some very valuable house points.

By far the biggest challenge of the year was the Sport relief event, being the brain-child of Miss Alderson (Wolfendale). Dakin did their house proud pitting their might against some very determined students and cunning staff in the “London to Paris Bike Ride,” the “Channel row” and the basketball and penalty “shootouts.” Whilst we lost out to Ashwell and Pankurst in the endurance events we came away as overall winners on accumulated points, not without a lot of hard work across the board!

With the advent of some fine weather, Aleeza and Zoya were instrumental as ever in drumming up interest and rolling up their sleeves in a the staff car-wash event. This proved to be very rewarding work, especially to reveal the silver paint beneath the grime of Miss Lees car!

Wolfendale House


After a slow start due to staff changes, Wolfendale House have become the one’s to watch.

Charity events came thick and fast starting with a Guess Whose Christmas Tree This Is Competition which, believe it or not, took place just before the Christmas holidays. The artistic talent of the staff clearly, and surprisingly in some cases, shone through. Everyone got “The Boss” tree wrong, though, as it did in fact refer to Ms Alderson as boss of Wolfendale and not the lesser role of Head teacher held by Mr Mullins.

The ICT Drop In held In the Library was a great success. Friendships were forged across generations and, at time of writing, plans are afoot to repeat the invitation to local residents to help them with ICT “things” again when the exam classes are on study leave.

Ms Yeomans came up trumps with her amazing chocolate Easter cake. Initially won by Ms Alderson who magnanimously donated it to the next nearest, mainly as she thought everyone would think it was a fix that the Head of House won the House competition.

Year 9 and Year 12 also managed to raise over £100 selling yellow daffodils doe the annual Marie Curie fundraising event. It was heart warming to see so many of our students wearing these symbols to show their support for such an excellent cause.

Heads of House have also worked together to introduce whole school House events including the Valentine’s Day treats in the Hall; Sport Relief, which every member of the school took part in and the Lip Synch Battle which pushed many out of their comfort zones. 20116 was a great year for Wolfendale but 2017 will be even better.

Watch out Blackpool: The Wolves are coming.

Ashwell House


 Ashwell students performed superbly in the Maths Intermediate Challenge, with 14 students gaining medals, including Best in School for Tommy Walker- Mackay in Yr 8.

 Ashwell also organised a Dodgeball competition between the Houses, which we won after a valiant effort from students and staff!

 The House performed excellently for Sport Relief 2016: Ashwell came 2nd overall, and recorded the highest mileage on bikes and rowers of all the Houses.

 Anas Gelidi in Yr 10 represented us superbly in the House Lip-Synch Battle with a unforgettable performance of Sia’s ‘Chandelier’…

 We’re running a ‘Guess the Staff Photo’ competition at the moment, thanks to very sporting staff members who’ve shared childhood photos.  Y9s Nemine Sheikh, Sophie Rimmer and Qudus Ajanaku have worked brilliantly on the competition.

 So far we’ve raised over £100 for our House Charity, Cancer Research, with more events planned before the Summer Holidays. Of course, we have our Sports Day title to defend too…