The School is divided into teams called ‘houses’ and each student is allocated to one house. Houses compete with one another through-out the academic year, gaining house points towards their teams’ total score. There are six Houses:
1. Turing - Alan Turing (1912-54) is best -known for helping decipher the code created by German Enigma machines in the Second World War, and for being one of the founders of computer science and artificial intelligence.
2. Shakespeare - William Shakespeare (1564 -1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon".
3. Gandhi - Mahatma Gandhi (1869– 1948) peacefully fought for the rights of Indians, both at home and in South Africa. Gandhi organised boycotts against British institutions in peaceful forms of civil disobedience. He studied law in London, England, but in 1893 went to South Africa, where he spent 20 years opposing discriminatory legislation against Indians.
4. Parks - Rosa Parks (1913–2005) was an African-American Civil Rights activist who refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order to give up her seat in the “coloured” section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled.
5. Woolf - Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was amongst the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and Orlando.
6. Curie - Marie Curie (1867-1934) was a Polish and naturalized French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win twice in multiple sciences. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.
Buxton School decided to introduce a house system to:
- Create friendly competition between pupils, encouraging them to take extra pride in the day-to-day activities at school
- Encourage pupils to attend extra-curricular events
- Build bonds and friendships across all year groups
- Develop a sense of belonging
House points are awarded for a range of activities including:
- Good behaviour
- Inter-house sports
- Buxton Voices (School Council)
- House quizzes