At Ellesmere, a feature of entering our Middle School is that every student becomes a member of one of our traditional Competitive Houses. These are:
Each one is aptly named after an original family benefactor of the school.
A wide range of school competitions take place throughout the year between the Houses in several subject areas: Drama, Debating, Music, Sport, to name a few. Students also earn 'House' points for academic achievement, leadership and generosity of spirit.
Students are not only assigned a Competitive House, they are also allocated membership of a Boarding House. Here they can use day rooms and entertainment facilities alongside our boarders, to relax and socialise with their peers at break and lunch time. Each boarding house has it's own Housemaster or Housemistress to take care of the children.
The Boarding Houses are each named after Saints which makes it easier to remember the difference between the two:
Our Middle School Boarders reside in St Aidan's for our girls, and St Patrick's and St Cuthbert's for our boys.
Our Sixth Form Boarders reside in St Oswald's and St Hilda's for our girls, and St Luke's and St Bede's for our boys.