House System

What is a House System?

A house system is when a school allocates the students into different groups; each group is a ‘House’. Here at The Ilfracombe Academy we have taken inspiration from our Art specialism and have four Houses named after famous artists: Dali, Michelangelo, Picasso and Da Vinci.

The aim of the new House system is to encourage team motivation and to ensure all students aspire to achieve as fully rounded young people, both inside and outside of the Ilfracombe academy.

Students will have a sense of ownership for their House and we aim to provide a wide range of events including sporting and cultural to promote teamwork and a community spirit.

What are the Aims of the House System?

To develop a sense of community and inclusion for all students whilst incorporating our seven core values of  Hope, Kindness, Courage, Integrity, Trust, Respect and Responsibility.

How does the House System Work?

The house system will filter through all aspects of The Ilfracombe Academy life. All parts of the school will use the house system to raise achievement and aspirations. This will be achieved through activities such as:

  • Sports Day

  • Inter house competitions in all subjects

  • Attendance competitions

  • Rewards competitions

  • Behaviour competitions

  • Social events and trips

  • Lesson activities


House assemblies are held every half term. During these assemblies, the team ethos is developed and achievement is celebrate

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Dali was a skilled craftsman, known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. Dali's expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

Head of House: Mr. D. Law

House Motto: Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings

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Da Vinci was one of the great creative minds of the Italian Renaissance, highly influential as an artist and sculptor but also immensely talented as an engineer, scientist and inventor.

Head of House: 

House Motto: Learning never exhausts the mind

House Charity: RNLI

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Michelangelo was a painter, sculptor, architect and poet and one of the great artists of the Italian Renaissance.

Head of House: Miss M Andrew

House Motto: The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark

House Charity: National Trust

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Picasso was a Spanish painter who is widely acknowledged to be the most important artist of the 20th Century. He experimented with a wide range of styles and themes in his long career, most notably inspiring 'Cubism'.

Head of House: Mr. C Nias

House Motto: Action is the foundational key to all

House Charity: Devon Air Ambulance

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