On admission to the School, all pupils are assigned to one of six Houses, a vertical system which brings everyone together and is rooted firmly in the traditions of the School. The House System fosters healthy competition outside the classroom and is relished by both staff and students. Inter-House competitions are held at the junior, intermediate and senior level in rugby, cricket, cross-country and athletics.

The annual House drama festival provides an opportunity for students from all year groups to perform, direct or work behind the scenes. Additionally, Year 7 students compete in the Road Relay, a cross-country event held in Beddington Park. It commemorates the years when the new boys were housed in Carew Manor. The winning House is presented with the Manor Trophy.

All House competitions are keenly contested and the award of the Cock House Cup, for the leading House at the end of each academic year, is an honoured occasion.

House

Colours

History

Ruskin

Yellow & Black

Named after John Ruskin the poet

Woodcote

Green & Black

A part of Wallington noted in Roman area records

Radcliffe

Navy & Sky Blue

Named after John Radcliffe, the 17th century physician and former area resident

Mandeville

Maroon & White

Named after Sir Geoffrey de Mandeville, resident and landholder after the Norman Conquest and mentioned in the Domesday Book

Bridges

Blue & White

Named after sometime area resident, Canon Alexander Henry Bridges, Rector of Beddington

Carew

Blue & Red

A reference to a family of nobility in the area in Tudor times

House colours are worn for rugby and athletics. House ties are presented to those who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills within their house.