Current House Point Standings
1st Place - SHAFTSBURY (886 Points)
2nd Place - STEPHENSON (858 Points)
3rd Place - BURNS (849 Points)
4th Place - WILBERFORCE (813 Points)
5th Place - FARADAY (775 Points)
6th Place - BRUNEL (734 Points)
Our House System
Every pupil that attends Coombe Boys' School is attached to a 'house'. Each house accomodates one tutor group from Year 7 to our 6th Form. Each house elects a House Captain in Year 11 and a Vice Captain in Year 10. An Assistant House Co-ordinator for each house is elected from our Sixth Form who works alongside the House Co-ordinators. These roles require boys' to take on responsibility as well as organising house events and assisting with the day to day running of the House.
Through the house syetem, there are opportunities for the boys to take part in competitions, get to know other boys in the other year groups who are in the same house, and contribute to the success of their house by working hard in all areas of their school lives.
There are 6 Houses here at Coombe Boys' School:
History Behind the Houses
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was an English Civil Engineer who built bridges and dockyards including the construction of the first major British railway, the Great Western Railway; a series of steamships, including the first propeller-driven transatlantic steamship; and numerous important bridges and tunnels. His designs revolutionised public transport and modern engineering.
Robert Burns was a Scottish Poet and Lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide. He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic Movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism. In 2009 he was chosen as the 'Greatest Scot' by the Scottish public ina vote run by the Scottish television channel STV.
Michael Faraday was a Scientist, Chemist, Physicist and Philosopher who greatly contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include that of the Magnetic field, Electriomagnetic Induction, Diamagnetism and Electrolysis. It is said that Albert Einstein kept a picture of Faraday on his study wall, alongside the picture of Sir Isaac Newton and the photograph of James Clerk Maxwell.
Anthony Ashley Cooper, or the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury was an English Politician, Philanthropist and social reformer. The Shaftesbury Memorial in Piccadilly Circus, London, erected in 1893, was designed to commemorate his philanthropic works. Due to his constant advocacy for the better treatment of the working classes, Shaftsbury became known as the 'Poor Man's Earl'. One of his biographers has claimed that 'No man has in fact ever done more to lessen the extent of human misery or to add to the sum total of human happiness'.
George Stephenson was an English civil engineer and mechanical engineer who built the first public railway line in the world to use steam locomotives. Renowned as being 'The Father of Railways', the Victorians considered hima great example of diligent application and thirst for improvement. His rail guage of 1,435mm, sometimes called 'The Stephenson Guage', is the world's standard guage.
William Wilberforce was a British Politician, Philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. A native of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, he began his political career in 1780, eventually becoming the indepensdant Member of Parliament for Yorkshire. Wilberforce is buried in Westminster Abbey, close to his friend William Pitt.
House Events take place throughout the year in all subjects and all areas of the school. Here are some examples of House Events that take place during the year:
For more details of the house events throughout the year please see your House Co-ordinator or Mrs Morris.