Houses at school

Started by: PeterP (9412)

We were talking about when we went to senior school and were put into groups (houses) and we wondered if they still did thisI was in St Andrews at EDDIE Arrowsmith and my wife was a Saxon at Cansfield,cannot remember the other houses

Started: 12th Jan 2021 at 10:45

Posted by: linma (2768)

I went to Shevington Comp in the late 50’s early 60’s and was in Scott house.

Replied: 12th Jan 2021 at 11:14

Posted by: broady (18206) 

I was in Crompton ( Light Blue) at TLS and Bridgeman ( Orange I think) at WGS.

Replied: 12th Jan 2021 at 14:46

Posted by: JR (331)

My school was Gidlow Secondary Modern - I was there from 1965 to 1969.
Our houses were Raleigh, Gordon, Scott and Nelson. There was a chart for each where stars were stuck on for good conduct, performance, etc.
The highlight for me was playing football for Raleigh against Nelson (who were a good team). we were losing 4-3 and I was on the wing, dribbled past 2 players on the wing and cut in past 2 defenders and scored the winner! I can still picture the event...

Replied: 12th Jan 2021 at 15:09

Posted by: berylh (2131)


I went to Ashton Central as it was known then and I was in Richmond house

Replied: 13th Jan 2021 at 13:02

Posted by: tonker (25323) 

I can't see any sense in it !

Replied: 13th Jan 2021 at 18:48

Posted by: blackrodweaver (628) 

went to Aspull secodary school was in York house others were Lancaster,Stuart, Tudor

Replied: 13th Jan 2021 at 19:36

Posted by: mollie m (6464) 


I too went to Gidlow Girls' School and initially our houses were also Raleigh, Nelson, Gordon and Scott. I was in Gordon House and our badges were green. Raleigh was yellow, Nelson was blue and Scott was red.

However, before I left, it was decided that there would be just three houses, named after predominant women and they were Kathleen Ferrier (Classical Singer), Helen Keller (Blind & Deaf Author and Activist) and Marie Curie (Physicist & Chemist). I was in Marie Curie House and our badge was turquoise, Ferrier was purple, and I think Keller was yellow.

Replied: 13th Jan 2021 at 20:55

Posted by: berylh (2131)

The worse part of being in a house was coming up to sports day, the House prefects would pursue to to make us sign up for different events - I hated sports, never really much good at them

Replied: 13th Jan 2021 at 21:34

Posted by: JR (331)

Molly M - I remember someone telling me she was in Hellen Keller house.
Although we shared the same hall, the boys and girls were kept strictly separate. There was a line painted on the school yard to define the limited areas for each gender. Our football often would go into the girls' area and as it was forbidden to enter we would have to politely ask for the ball back. Some mischievous girls would keep hold of the ball and tease us saying " Come and get it then!" I often went to retrieve a ball and was either caught by the teacher on playground duty or reported by one of the nasty snitching prefects. That always meant at least one painful stroke of the cane on my backside! I'm not sure how the girls were punished, if at all there were!

Replied: 16th Jan 2021 at 17:19

Posted by: mollie m (6464) 

JR: LOL! Yes, we were kept strictly apart, but it's the way things were back then.

I think the houses changed to female names in or around 1964.

I was definitely NOT one of those nasty girls because as you were starting in 1965 I was leaving, and my brother was just one year behind me, so you wouldn't have known him either but, trust me, those girls would have been punished as well as the teachers were just as strict as the boys' teachers.

Whilst there I, like many others, hated school; but now thinking back, we were given a good education and we had a varied curriculum. However, I was hopeless at maths, but I excelled in English comprehension and French, for which I have been very grateful and has kept me in work for the last 55 years.

Replied: 16th Jan 2021 at 23:42

Posted by: tony j (775) 

arrowsmith, campion, barlow, thules.

Replied: 20th Jan 2021 at 17:10

Posted by: JR (331)

Mollie, it is good that you excelled at certain subjects and found a favourable career. I hated school too; unfortunately I was a daydreamer and was largely uninspired. But I excelled at art, technical drawing, physics, geography and was a decent long distance runner, so enjoyed sports too. I left at 15 and soon realised that I needed qualifications to get anywhere, so I started to do evening classes to get A levels and professional qualifications. So I did ok and became a landscape designer, consultant and historian. I did my degree late, part time over 5 years (along with full time work) and graduated when I was 50.
Contrary to popular belief, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!

Replied: 20th Jan 2021 at 17:18

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (9765)

I went to the Deanery, and the houses were


That was the four when I was there, but I believe they now have a 5th house there now

Replied: 31st Jan 2021 at 12:14

Posted by: bentlegs (4810)

I was the captain of the DANES, We also ha Romans Angles & Normans/

Replied: 19th Dec 2021 at 10:48

Posted by: dougie (4820) 

Tumtingle ? was it not, Angles (Red) Saxons (yellow) Normans (blue) and Danes (Green) I was a Dane our house was the woodwork room

Replied: 19th Dec 2021 at 14:10

Posted by: broady (18206) 

I was in Crompton at TLS and Bridgeman when we merged with WGS. I excelled at nowt.

Replied: 19th Dec 2021 at 18:13
Last edited by broady: 19th Dec 2021 at 18:14:57

Posted by: Billinge Biker (1444) 

At Upholland High back in the day.. The houses were:
All after land owners there abouts... Now scrapped.

Replied: 23rd Dec 2021 at 16:12

Posted by: tonker (25323) 

At Parkside, we had ‘Lecky Shop’, ‘Fitting Shop’, ‘Compound’ and ‘Wash’.
I was in Lecky Shop. Roy Derbyshire was captain of Wash !

Replied: 23rd Dec 2021 at 19:16

Posted by: peebee (624) 

I was in Crompton at TLS, in athletics I used to run like there was a lion behind me, can't remember the house when we amalgamated, had NO interst in WGS at all.

Replied: 30th Dec 2021 at 18:59

Posted by: broady (18206) 

Crompton was light blue if I remember correctly. Only a mere 60 years ago.

Replied: 31st Dec 2021 at 21:35
Last edited by broady: 31st Dec 2021 at 21:36:35

Posted by: bentlegs (4810)

Tumtingle, It must have changed when you went to Cansfield because there were four houses but i am sure it was Angles Saxsons Normans & Danes but they also had the Romans badge colour white,

Replied: 4th Jan 2022 at 11:35

Posted by: peebee (624) 

Yep Broady, your memory serves you well, light blue it was .

Replied: 5th Jan 2022 at 17:24

Posted by: riocaroni (322)

I went to Pemberton sec mod and seem to remember the houses as Raleigh-Red Drake-Blue Nelson-Yellow and Clive-Green although stand to be corrected?

Replied: 7th Jan 2022 at 13:07

Posted by: retep1949 (827)

Argyle St.Hindley.Eckersley,blue,Langton,green,Leyland,red,Raynor,yellow.They were names of prominent people in Hindley.Does anyone know the houses of HAGS I think they were named after mythical creatures.

Replied: 8th Jan 2022 at 19:25

Posted by: SoniaB (115)

Yes the houses at Hindley and Abram Grammar were:Centaurs(green),Gryphons( blue),Minotaurs(red),and Tritons (yellow.)

Replied: 22nd Jan 2022 at 21:47

Posted by: retep1949 (827)

SoniaB,Thanks for that information.My late brother went to the grammar school and he told me about the houses being named after mythical creatures.I have only been in the grammar school once to watch the play "Six who pass while the lentils boil" in 1961 or 1962.Does anyone remember it?

Replied: 24th Jan 2022 at 18:01

Posted by: joebloggs (29)

grammar school back in the 60,s crawford banks bridgeman powell leigh and eckersly

Replied: 5th Mar 2022 at 13:09

Posted by: gideonfel (336)

At Blessed John Rigby Grammar School for Boys [as it was then], the houses were Campion, Finch, Southworth and Arrowsmith. House rugby games weren't for the faint-hearted!

Replied: 6th Mar 2022 at 14:12


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