At St. James & St. John all the children are allocated a house team from the time they enter the school. We believe that 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 named after famous people connected to the local community and were chosen as they represent a wide section of society and were inspirational figures in the sciences, engineering, community service and the arts.
Named after Sir Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), a Scottish biologist, pharmacologist and botanist. He is best known for the discovery of the antibiotic substance penicillin for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. This discovery was made at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. It was a discovery that would change the course of history.
Named after Mary Seacole (1805-1881), a Jamaican-born woman of Scottish and Creole descent who set up a 'British Hotel' behind the lines during the Crimean War for wounded servicemen on the battlefield. On her return to London a parade in her honour was held in Oxford Street. She lived in George Street, Paddington where she died in 1881. She was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991. In 2004 she was voted the greatest Black Briton.
Named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806 – 1859), an English mechanical and civil engineer who built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, a series of steamships, including the first propeller-driven transatlantic steamship, and numerous important bridges and tunnels. Paddington Station remains one of his iconic structures.
Named after Sarah Siddons (1755 – 1831) a Welsh actress, the best-known tragedienne of the 18th century and most famous for her portrayal of the Shakespearean character Lady Macbeth, a character she made her own. Sarah Siddons is buried at St. Mary’s Church, Paddington Green.
The aim of the House System is to show that those children who achieve the highest standards of behaviour, co-operation, helpfulness and contribution to school activities make the best progress through the merit system. At the end of each term House points are tallied and the winning House is awarded a house party. The rolling total of house points is then carried forward to our Annual Sports day where children are awarded points for their participation in individual or team events.