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House System

At Wellacre we have a House system.  Our Houses are Turing, Lowry and Pankhurst.  All staff and students are allocated to a House.  Each House has a Head of House and all are supported by members of the Inclusion Team.

The House system helps foster a true sense of belonging and community and encourages students to be active, confident and engaged members of the school community.  Taking part in House events and initiatives drives personal and social development, helps to build new friendships across the year groups and provides leadership and peer mentoring opportunities.  Each year, we appoint new Student House Leadership teams; each house will have a House Captain, two Vice Captains and two Sports Captains.

Regular House activities and competitions will take place throughout the year, including sport, games, music, drama and charity events.  Student attendance and achievement points will also be attributed to the House trophy, which will be awarded to the winning House at the end of each academic year.  

Each House is represented by a famous Mancunian and an animal mascot linked to Wellacre’s crest.  The identity of each House and the system, as a whole, is based on Wellacre’s core values- Honesty, Pride, Respect, Aspiration and Resilience, Our House crests and names are as follows:

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Turing's Head of House: Mrs Irwin
The eagle symbolises perspicacity, courage, strength and immortality

Alan Turing was a British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist.  He is widely regarded as the father of computer science and artificial intelligence.   Turing worked at Britain’s code-breaking centre Bletchley Park during World War II and was the primary person responsible for breaking the German Enigma code.  After the war, he worked on the design of the ACE (Automatic Computing Engine) and also software for one of the earliest true computers - the Manchester Ferranti Mark 1.  Turing was prosecuted in 1952 for homosexuality but was posthumously pardoned in 2013.  Turing was proud of his achievements and links with Manchester and embodies our core values of resilience, honesty and respect.


Pankhurst's Head of House: Mr Whitehead

The lion traditionally symbolises courage, nobility, royalty, strength, stateliness and valour

Moss Side born suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote.  Many women went to prison during the struggle and gave their lives during hunger strikes whilst held in prison; Emmeline died just before women were given the right to vote.  Manchester has a statue to remember Mrs Pankhurst, who was a courageous leader who fought for equal rights. She showed determination, resilience and aspiration throughout her life.

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Lowry's Head of House: Mr Asha


The griffin is an amalgamation of a lion and an eagle to denote strength, courage and leadership

Born in Stretford in 1887, artist L.S. Lowry’s paintings often featured industrial Pendlebury and captured scenes of life in industrial England.  His landscapes, including Industrial Landscape, Coming from the Mill and The Football Match, are populated by his infamous, stylised ‘matchstick men’ figures.  He became an official war artist in 1943 and he was the Official Artist of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Lowry was a massive fan of Manchester City Football Club.  Lowry showed real aspiration and resilience throughout his career.

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