Where did the house system begin?

Historically, the house system was associated with established public schools in England, especially full boarding schools, where a ‘house’ referred to a boarding house at the school. Sarah Fielding’s The Governess or The Little Female Academy, published in 1749 are the first literary references to a house system. Famous schools like Eton and universities like Oxford/Cambridge have houses and its popularity as a system has travelled around the world to schools in countries like the United States, Greece and Thailand.

House Leaders

Miss McLoughlin

Mr Williams

Our System

The Farnley Academy provides all students with the opportunity to take a fully inclusive part in a whole school House System. The House System is designed to encourage students to extend their learning in a range of curriculum areas. It is hoped that students will also develop a sense of community cohesion and responsibility within their Houses.

The current House System is based upon four prominent local celebrated figures. Students are allocated to one of the four Houses: Bronte (red), Tomlinson (yellow), Moore (green) or Asquith (blue). Students remain members of their Houses throughout their time at The Farnley Academy and this is represented through tie colour stripes.

Each House is led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team who is responsible for leading his or her students to success in a wide range of House competitions. Heads of Houses may also deliver assemblies, alongside Captains and Deputies, to inform, motivate and celebrate achievement.


Heads of House

Mr Cosgrove

Mr Sheedy

Famous for being Liberal prime Minister of the UK 1908-1916 and leading the nation into the First World War. He was born locally in Morley.


Heads of House

Miss Naden

Miss Lark

Famous novelists from Howarth, West Yorkshire – Charlotte, Emily and Anne.
They wrote ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘The Tenant of ‘Wildfell Hall’ to name a few.
The sisters had male pseudonyms to enable them to be published – Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell.


Head of House

Miss Bradford

Famous for being an international abstract sculptor – you have probably seen his work at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds City Centre . Most of the money he earned went towards endowing the Henry Moore Foundation, which continues to support education and promotion of the arts today.


Head of House

Miss Pickering

Famous for being an amazing athlete and an inspirational fundraiser for cancer sufferers. She raised a staggering 1.85 million pounds over the course of her life before dying in 2007.

Meet Our Team

Our new House team will be elected in September 2019