At Hampden Gurney, all the children are allocated a house team from the time when they enter the school. The school’s house system enables pupils to develop socially as houses include pupils from all ages across the school, as well as helping to develop pupils’ sense of belonging.
The four houses are all named after people who have made an impact in their respective fields, as well as having lived or worked locally (there is a blue plaque on a local building to show where each of them has lived or worked).
Michael Faraday (22 September 1791 – 25 August 1867) was an English chemist and physicist who contributed to the fields of magnetism and chemistry. Along with a picture of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein had a picture of Michael Faraday on his wall. Faraday was an apprentice for a time on Blandford Street W1.
Sir Alexander Fleming (6 August 1881 – 11 March 1955) was a Scottish biologist and pharmacologist. Fleming published many articles on bacteriology, immunology and chemotherapy. Among his best-known achievements is the discovery of the antibiotic substance penicillin in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945. He made his discovery whilst working at St. Mary’s hospital, just off Praed Street near Paddington Station.
Florence Nightingale (12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910) was a celebrated English nurse. She believed that God had called her to be a nurse and came to prominence for her pioneering work in nursing during the Crimean War, working in what is now modern day Turkey with a team of nurses tending to wounded soldiers. She was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night. Florence spent much of her life living in a house on South Street, Mayfair.
Charles Wesley (18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788) is chiefly remembered today for the many hymns he wrote, including the carol “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”. He lived for a very large part of his life in Wheatley Street, just beyond Marylebone High Street.
House points are awarded by teachers and staff for good behaviour, games, manners and sports day, as well as for fun activities like the cake bake sales, which are hosted by 2 houses at a time.
The school keeps a tally of all the house points. Each term the house with the most points is awarded a special treat (e.g. an outing, or an entertainer coming in to the school).