Each Warriner student is a member of one of our five houses, named after influential British icons. Our houses provide an excellent range of competitive activities, from Spelling Bees to Sports Day, whilst also enabling students to be part of a 'vertical' system in which they may be supported by and learn from students in other year groups at key points in their school careers.
At the end of the Summer Term the House Trophy is awarded to the house with the most points.
Click on the drop-downs below to find out a little about our Houses.
Head of House: Ms Sarah Brown
House Colour: Green
Sir David Attenborough is our only living house ambassador and has made it his life’s mission spanning an incredible 70-year career to commit to the education of people, from every generation, about the Natural World around us. The focus of his early work was that of discovery and wonder of our planet. However, in recent decades he has been calling for an urgency to persuade us all to make changes if we do not want to see irreversible damage to our lives and planet.
In our hands now lies not only our own future, but that of all other living creatures with whom we share the Earth.
Sir David is a man with great humility and empathy towards others, and these are qualities we wish to see on display from our students. A passion to pursue a focus of education, and beliefs in our own values and those of others are other qualities we can learn from Attenborough. We can all make small changes and play a part in our aims in order to achieve a greater good and move towards a common goal. Whether that be in treating the environment around our school site with respect, or working together to gain House Points and striving to be the best we can be, or going into our community and being socially and environmentally aware. Our charities are The Royal Forestry Society and Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
Being Head of Attenborough House gives me great honour and a huge sense of purpose. Attenborough encourages each house member to have confidence and independence to get to know other students from other classes and other year groups, to stand up and be part of a common theme of belonging to a group of individuals with a common purpose of making The Warriner a great place to learn, socialise and develop in. Attenborough will allow students to develop skills beyond their years that will take them beyond the classroom and hopefully inspire them into careers they have a passion for and lifelong goals that Attenborough himself has embodied.
Head of House: Mr L Rogers
House Colour: Blue
Churchill House is named after the late, great Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1965). Churchill was British prime minister from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. He is remembered as one of the most influential Britons and one of our country's greatest prime ministers after he led the country through WW2. Churchill was famed for his ‘bulldog spirit’ and never-give-up attitude.
Churchill house shares the same values that are seen in Churchill. A desire to always improve yourself, a never-give-up attitude and a willingness to face challenges head-on. Being a part of Churchill family allows you belong to something bigger than yourself. You become part of a welcoming and caring community that comes together to support each other and work for each other. This can be seen whenever we represent Churchill in house competitions, whether that be sporting or academic, or even competing in some of our more unique house events such as Photography and E-Sports competitions. Our house charity is The Royal British Legion.
Being Head of Churchill house had been a source of immense pride and something I have loved doing over the last few years. It is amazing to see first-hand how talented and committed our students in Churchill house are and I consider myself extremely privileged to be in the position I am, where I can celebrate these qualities with students.
Head of House: Mrs S Newman
House Colour: Purple
Emmeline Pankhurst fought for female suffrage at the turn of the 20th century and was one of the greatest campaigners for female rights in history. Pankhurst epitomised key qualities such as equality, perseverance and determination, which we feel are key in succeeding at school. Pankhurst House aims to facilitate and increase community spirit through peer mentoring, elevating the existing rewards system, encouraging students to get involved in competitions and developing leadership opportunities for students in across all key stages.
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Our house charity is Banbury Young Homelessness Project. The Pankhurst House objective is to give every Pankhurst member a sense of belonging that is inspired through positive role models from within their peer group, a sense of achievement outside the classroom that fuels curiosity and creativity, and fun and excitement through competition, promoting both leadership and collective responsibility.
Student voice is key to the centre of our house, with regular visits tutor groups to gauge student opinion on how to make our house the best it can be. Student suggestions so far this year include house coloured sport socks, housepoints display board, peer mentoring opportunities, year group sports, house pin badges and Community Heroes.
I am very privileged to be the Head of Pankhurst House and absolutely love the role. I believe that the House system at The Warriner School helps to develop well-rounded individuals whilst working as a community member.
My vision for the House system at The Warriner School is absolute: to provide a safe, purposeful pastoral environment where all students and staff can succeed and excel socially, emotionally and academically, motivated to achieve their full potential whilst contributing to a competitive house system. My door is always open to all our students.
Head of House: Mr M Helsby
House Colour: Orange
Named after one of the team of geniuses that helped in winning the Second World War, Turing House prides itself on being named after such a British icon. Alan Turing (mostly notably portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game) is often thought of as being the hero that saved millions of lives, billions of pounds, and helped bring an end to the war through his deciphering of the German secret code machine – the ‘enigma’.
Despite his huge impact in our lives, he was eventually persecuted for his sexuality. As a result of this, we recognise the importance of inclusion and creating a safe space for everyone. Turing House is extremely proud of our identity and ensures that we do what we can to make everyone feel welcome within our school. By promoting inclusive clubs and activities, we ensure that everyone feels represented fairly.
As a house we have enjoyed raising money for our charity, MIND. Whether this is through cake sales or enduring a hundred-mile bike ride, we ensure every penny scrounged is donated to this worthy cause. Through these actions, we become the House that champions inclusivity and charity.
As Head of House, I believe it is my duty to provide all students with a visible and positive role model that they can see promoting the beliefs we discuss in our house assemblies. Together in our support, we recognise our differences and embrace them as superpowers.
Head of House: Mrs L Webb
House Colour: Yellow
Mary Seacole (1805-1881), was born in Kingston on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. From a very young age Mary had an interest in medicine and nursing. When she was just 12, she was helping her mother run a boarding house in Kingston, where many of the guests were sick or injured soldiers. Although turned down by War Office in London to request to join Florence Nightingale and her team of nurses treating wounded and sick soldiers in the Crimea War, she was undeterred and ventured out with a ship stockpiled with medical supplies to open a British hotel near the battlefields to care for the wounded soldiers. Mary so was caring, in fact, she became known amongst the soldiers as “Mother Seacole”.
Joining Seacole, you join a family that holds the values of tenacity, support and passion above all others. In Seacole you will be supported and your achievements celebrated both as a whole house and as a tutor group. You will be rewarded for outstanding effort or achievement and you will come to realise that you are important to us and our house.
Leading Seacole House is an absolute honour. I will always say ‘Hi’ to you when I see you out and about in the school and I am always interested in what you have been up to and will be first in line to help you celebrate your successes. I expect each and every member of Seacole to support one another and to extend the arm of friendship to all. We support the Helen & Douglas House charity and where possible, we aim to raise funds for this important resource.