The purpose of the House system at Brakenhale is to encourage students to take an active role in the school and to encourage a strong feeling of being part of a community.

The current House system was created following a full consultation process undertaken by the whole School. The names of the houses reflect historical and present day influential people.


“.. the master of the prototype, the practical prophet of technological innovation.” John Pudney, British Journalist


Brunel was an English engineer who is considered one of the most ingenious and greatest figures in engineering history and the Industrial Revolution. He built dockyards, railways, steamships, bridges and tunnels and his designs revolutionised public transport and modern engineering.

Though not always successful, Brunel’s projects often used innovative solutions to long-standing engineering problems. His many ‘firsts’ including the first tunnel under a navigable river and the first propeller-driven ocean-going iron ship.

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"Anything's possible if you have got enough nerve."

“Anything’s possible if you have got enough nerve.”

J K ROWLING 1965 –

J K (Joanne) Rowling, a British novelist, screenwriter and film produder, is best known as the author of the Harry Potter novels. Rowling has lived a ‘rags to riches’ life story, from living on state benefits to becoming a multi-millionaire in 5 years.

Jo Rowling was born in England, she went to Exeter University and has worked at Amnesty International and taught English as a foreign language in Portugal among other jobs. She has received a number o f awards, including an OBE for services for children’s literature and supports a wide variety of charitable courses.

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"What is right to be done cannot be done too soon."

“What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.”

JANE AUSTEN 1775-1817

Jane Austen was an English novelist whose books, set among the English middle and upper classes, are notable for their wit, social observation and insights into the lives of early 19th century woman.

She was one of the eight children of a clergyman and grew up in a close-knit family. She began to write as a teenager but her first novel, “Sense and Sensibility”, appeared in 1811. Other novels include “Pride and Prejudice”, Emma and Northanger Abbey”. All of Jane Austin novels were published anonymously.

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"The time is always right to do what is right."

“The time is always right to do what is right.”


King was an American Baptist minister, humanitarian and civil rights activist leader in the African American Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s until his assassination in 1968. He played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-Americans in the South and other areas of the nation. He received Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered as one of the most lauded leaders in history, often referenced by his 1963 speech “I have a dream”.

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"Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them."

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”


Considered as the most influential physicist of the 20th Century, Einstein was the German-born physicist with a passion for inquiry who developed the general theory of relativity amongst other feats.

In 1921 he won the Nobel Prize for physics and in 1933 he immigrated to the United States  to work at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He spent the rest of his life working on a unified field theory meant to unify the varied laws of physics, and other aspects of general relativity such as wormholes, time travel, black holes and the creation of the universe.

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"I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse."

“I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.”


Named after the Italian city of her birth, and often known as “The Lady with the Lamp”, Florence was a social reformer, statistician and founder of modern nursing. She became an icon of Victoria culture through her work during the Crimean War where she looked after wounded soldiers.

Florence went on the lay the foundation of professional nursing through the establishment of her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. The annual International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on her birthday.

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"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change."

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”


Hawking is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge.

Hawking was diagnosed with ALS, a rare form of motor neurone disease, at the age of 21 which has gradually paralysed him. In spite of being wheelchair bound and dependent on a computerised voice system for communication continues to combine family life and his research into theoretical physics together with an extensive programme of travel and public lectures. He still hopes to make it into space one day.

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All students are allocated to a tutor group when they start school and this determines which House they belong to.  The House System is overseen by the Head Student Team in the Sixth Form and celebrates contribution and community, as well as skill and performance.

Events such as photography competitions, maths challenges and inter-house sports matches combine with the annual Sports Day to give a House Point total at the close of each term and the end of the school year.