Our House System
Each pupil represents one of our five established houses – Drew (blue), Franklin (green), Jemison (purple), Pythagoras (yellow) and Turing (red).
Each house is named after a famous mathematician or scientist who embody our core values, reflecting our Academy specialism. Students are ambassadors for their house and feel a sense of belonging to our community.
Bio - Charles Richard Drew (June 3, 1904 – April 1, 1950) was an American surgeon and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood storage.
House pledge - We communicate effectively and collaborate in order to better ourselves and those around us.We arepunctual,professionalandpoliteatalltimes. We recognise that there are no lim itations on our dreams and aspirations.
“Excellence of performance will transcend artificial barriers created by man.” Charles Drew
Bio - Rosalind Elsie Franklin (25 July 1920 – 16 April 1958) was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer whose work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA.
House pledge - We endeavour through being open minded and resilient. We enjoy through being inquisitive and passionate about our learning. We excel through setting ourselves ambitious targets and having pride in our achievements.
“In my view, all that is necessary for faith is the belief that by doing our best we shall succeed in our aims: the improvement of mankind.” Rosalind Franklin
Bio – Mae Carol Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an American engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut, who became the first black woman to travel into space.
House pledge – We are fearless pioneers, who are prepared to do things differently to exceed expectations of us. We know that success comes from being self- aware and resilient: setting SMART goals and persevering with them.
“Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” Mae Jemison
Bio – Pythagoras of Samos (c. 570 – c. 495 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and the founder of Pythagoreanism .
House pledge – We are supportive role models who care and encourage others. We enjoy being a part of a creative and expressive family. We excel by taking risks to exceed expectations and build the confidence to succeed.
“Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.” Pythagoras of Samos
Bio – Alan Turing (June 23 1912 – June 7 1954) was an English m athem atician. During WW2, he was instrumental in breaking the German Enigma code, leading to Allied victory over Nazi Germany.
House pledge – We strive towards success no matter what challenges we face, so that we can be the very best version of ourselves. We are compassionate and understanding, we listen to and learn from one another. We are humble champions.
“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.” Alan Turing
At HATO we empower students to raise awareness and money for five chosen charities across the academic year – Childline, CentrePoint, RSPCA, British Red Cross and Mind. Pupils deliver assemblies, create posters and collect goods for local food banks.
Each term pupils compete to lift the House Cup. This is decided on a combination of factors: behaviour, attendance, punctuality and extra-curricular involvement. Across the next academic year competitions will take place in various forms such as football, debate, dance and basketball.