House System

On entry to the College, every student is allocated to one of four Houses. Each House comprises of “vertical” tutor groups, meaning that each tutor group contains students from Years 7 to 11. Students remain in the same tutor groups for the duration of their school career. Houses are used as the basis of the pastoral system and for sporting and other competitions. They meet weekly in assemblies, and students work together to raise money for their House charities.


Gathering in House communities breaks down barriers between students of different ages and creates a sense of togetherness, identity and belonging. It encourages older students to get to know, support and mentor younger ones. At the same time, younger students have role models to develop in maturity.


Our Houses are named after historic Brixham trawlers.


INSPIRE is led by Mr Squires

The House was named after the ketch ‘Inspire’ which was built in Brixham in 1924. She sailed under the boat number BM 13. “Unlucky for some, but not for us!” says Mr Squires Nor was it unlucky for the trawler, which is still sailing in Australia.

For Mr Squires, Inspire students provide models for all students to follow; truly inspirational

PHOENIX is led by Mr Tippett

The name ‘Phoenix’ was taken from an old fishing trawler that was built in 1820 and spent over 50 years fishing in Brixham waters before she was lost at sea in 1876 off Berry Head.

Mr Tippett believes that students in this House show a determination and desire to succeed. Like the mythical Phoenix, even in the face of adversity, they rise up to achieve success.

PIONEER is led by Mr Atkinson-Sporle

‘Pioneer’ was a smack fishing vessel, built in Brixham in 1877 and sailing out of Dartmouth for 20 years. After she foundered off Turnchapel, she was towed back to Brixham for breaking in 1897.

Pioneers are explorers, and Mr Atkinson-Sporle sees students in Pioneer House as having seeking spirits, preparing their way for challenges which lie ahead.


Venture is led by Mr. Whittington

The name Venture derives from a Brixham trawler sold to to Belgium in 1914.

Venture is all about opening up new worlds and exploring new opprtunities and experiences.

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