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House System

At Great Baddow High School each tutor group is attached to one of three houses. The houses are represented by three inspirational individuals who have outstanding life achievements and have given back to society.

These individuals provide role models whose lives display values and qualities that students can aspire to and lessons they can learn from. 

They comprise of:

Sir David Attenborough  

Steven Hawking 

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill  

The house system creates an identity and sense of belonging within the wider school and students feel loyalty to their house that often lasts well beyond their years at the school. Each house has its own character and customs and students appreciate being involved in maintaining and developing these creating a truly cohesive environment.

The school prides itself on its very active House System which allows students and staff to feel more connected to and involved with the community around them. It facilitates discussions between the most junior and most senior of school, fostering friendly competitive spirit along the way. 

The house system encourages students to participate in many different types of extra-curricular and educational activities in a positive competitive manner which rewards students at the end; this allows for students across all year groups to come together as a part of the school community and work as part of a team.  

Older students are given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills to support house competitions, for example, leading charity activities, organising house team events, supporting younger students, addressing assemblies and engendering the house spirit.

The house competitions run across all subject areas including sporting activities, performances in music and drama, art and baking competitions, as well as the running of quizzes and partaking in charity events.  Funds are regularly raised for charities during competitions and students get the opportunity to share their work and performances in the house assemblies too.

Many of the House competitions are linked to national campaigns and events, such as British Science Week which is promoted across the whole school as part of our Science Specialism, National Careers Week and LGBT+ History month. They are used to raise awareness of key issues, such as the importance of recycling, mental health awareness or supporting national charity events such as Children in Need or Christmas Jumper Day. Students particularly enjoy our annual Baddow Bake Off competition and of course our Sports Day competitions where the houses really come to the forefront with students decorating House Banners to cheer on their house and tutor groups.

We celebrate the successes of all our students who strive to achieve their best in all aspects of their life in school.  The House System gives our students this opportunity to be rewarded for efforts and achievement in all areas.  Students regularly earn house credits for excellent work but the primary aim is to encourage all students to get involved in the many inter-house competitions within subjects and extra-curricular activities.

Competition between the Houses is fierce and always very close and exciting.

Attenborough House

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David Attenborough has interested and inspired millions, he has increasingly encouraged care for the environment and conservation.  He has made groundbreaking programmes to innovate and enlighten the younger generation. The students of Great Baddow High School chose the name Attenborough to represent their house as they feel he is an influential figure who positively impacts on our lives and the ever-changing world around us. Students of Attenborough House are proud to wear their House badge and be part of a responsible and caring community. 

Sir David Attenborough 

Broadcaster, producer, screen writer, presenter.   

He rose to be Director of BBC 2 and Head of Programming at the BBC, but gave this up to go back to making programmes.   

His nature documentaries have repeatedly set new standards in wildlife broadcasting and have covered every aspect of life on earth.   

He has interested and inspired millions and has increasingly encouraged care for the environment and conservation.  He has continued making ground breaking and innovative programmes long past retirement age. 


Hawking House

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Stephen William Hawking was the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time which is an international bestseller. In 1963, Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become an excellent researcher and was regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein. He faced many challenges which inspired millions, showing fantastic determination. Here at Great Baddow High School, the students reflected upon these factors, and they feel these are all attributes they aspire to affiliate with themselves, resulting in our students proudly wearing their Hawking House badge to represent our specialism in science. 

Stephen Hawking 

Theoretical physicist, cosmologist.  

Produced ground breaking theories related to different aspects of cosmology and many leading academic papers, including pioneering work on the nature of black holes.   

His mainstream book ‘A Brief History of Time’ sold millions, brought physics and cosmology to the masses and gave him celebrity status.   

He co-authored with his daughter a series of successful children’s books on physics and cosmology.   

Was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and given two years to live.   Overcame depression to return to his studies and battled against the condition all his life (eventually died aged 76). 


Ennis-Hill House

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Jessica Ennis Hill is a modern day sporting hero. Born 28 January 1986  she was a British track and field athlete , specialising in multi-eventing disciplines and 100 metres hurdles. As a competitor in heptathlon, she won the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal on super Saturday, and is a three-time world champion as well as European champion in 2010.   

Ennis-Hill was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to athletics. She also became the second woman (and the first British woman) to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. 

In 2008 she was forced to miss the Beijing Olympics with what was feared to be a career threatening injury. With determination, self belief and commitment she managed to return to the sport and achieve amazing results.  

Since retiring from competitive sport she has become a sports commentator as well as an author writing numerous children's books.  

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hills is a great role model for our students at Great Baddow High School. Showing that with perseverance and maintaining focus you can achieve great things. She perfectly fits our School motto Semper Altoria Speramus 'Always striving for higher things' which our students pride themselves in doing. 

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill 

Track and field athlete, specialising in the heptathlon.   

An English schools champion in hurdles, high jump and the pentathlon.  Graduated in psychology from university.   

Won a record equalling three gold medals in world championship heptathlons, gold and silver at world indoor championships, gold in the European championships, bronze in the commonwealth games and gold and silver in the Olympics. 


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