On entry to the College, every student is allocated to one of four Houses. Each House comprises of students from all year groups across the College. Students remain in the same House for the duration of their school career. Houses are used as the basis for sporting and other competitions. They meet once a term for assemblies, and students work together during three charity focussed weeks to raise money for their House charities. The house charities have all been voted for by the staff and students associated with that house. 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 Townsend
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 Townsend Nor was it unlucky for the trawler, which is still sailing in Australia.
House Charity – The Alzheimer’s Society.
“I chose this charity as a result of the condition that my dad found himself in the latter years of his life. My dad was one of my heros, maths teacher for 30 years and submarine engine fitter for 10 years before that. It is a cruel disease that robs you of your thoughts and memories. My family are very grateful for the support that The Alzheimer’s Society have given to us and hope that the research they carry out will stop others having to go through what dad did in the last few years of his life”
PHOENIX is led by Mrs Watts
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.
House Charity – Torbay Lifeboat
“We are extremely fortunate to live in a part of the world where we are surrounded by the sea and its’ endless benefits to our lives. There is a significant link between living closer to the sea and the reduction of anxiety and depression. Living close to the sea has a positive impact on our mental health, meaning that coastal dwellers could be receiving more mental health benefits from where they live than those who live inland. I feel that this particularly advantageous in the world we currently live in where our mental health is becoming ever-more important and recognised. However, with this privileged beauty there can also come some danger. This is where the RNLI becomes invaluable. Without their 24/7 support and dedicated volunteers our waters would be even more unsafe. As a charity who pride themselves on their values of selflessness, courage, dependability and trustworthiness, they fit in very well with our values-led education here at Brixham.” Mrs Watts
PIONEER is led by Mrs Aston
‘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.
House Charity – Devon Air Ambulance
“The Devon Air Ambulance Trust, is owned by all Devon residents, and is there to rescue, treat and make the vital flight for life, for anyone in our county. We all look up to the sky, when we hear the unmistakable sound of helicopter and scan to see if we can get a glimpse of that amazing and unmistakable red helicopter. For Brixham and our local community, we are especially proud to host one of the Air Ambulance’s community landing sites. The site immediately across from Brixham College at the rugby club, hosts one of the few automatic floodlit landing switches, to guide our air ambulance in safely when minutes matter both day and night. Since its humble beginnings back in 1986, our air ambulance has help near 30,000 people get the emergency medical help they need, when its needed most. The air ambulance holds a special place in my heart, coming from a family of medical professionals who have worked alongside air ambulance crews, as well as knowing how vital these teams are, having gained their expertise and care after my own serious fall from a horse 10+ years ago.” Mrs Aston
Venture is led by Mrs Redfern
The name Venture derives from a Brixham trawler sold to Belgium in 1914.
Venture is all about opening up new worlds and exploring new opportunities and experiences.
House Charity: The British Heart Foundation
Mrs Redfern says… “The British Heart Foundation is very close to my own heart as sadly my father passed away due to a massive Heart Attack. The British Heart Foundation is a major fundraiser in cardiovascular research and relies on voluntary donations to combat premature death and disability. We need to continue researching and raising money in order to keep improving the medical care and save more and more lives.”