Background to the names of the houses
Our Academy is named after Sir Christopher Hatton who was an important member of Queen Elizabeth’s advisors and inner circle, as detailed in Malcolm Deacon’s recent biography ‘The Courtier & The Queen’. In this fascinating book you can read about Hatton’s exploits and his rivalry for Elizabeth’s affection and attention.
Sir Christopher Hatton
Within this group of advisors, generous hosts and explorers working on behalf of the Queen were Burghley, Drake, Raleigh and Walsingham who were all important men during the reign of Queen Elizabeth and these trusted men were all connected by various means.
Burghley Drake Raleigh Walsingham
The House system at Hatton involves four houses: Burghley, Drake, Raleigh and Walsingham.
Each half term the house points will be totalled and the house with the most points becomes the winner of the house cup which is displayed in A block area with that houses ribbons on it.
Each house will also have an M.V.P (Most Valued Person) which can be anyone from the house who it is felt has put a lot of effort into a particular competition or event, or someone who has generally worked hard on behalf of their house. The M.V.P will be presented with the trophy and have their photo taken with it, this photo will be given along with a letter, which will be sent home to inform their family of their valued contribution.
There is also a wandering trophy which can be won by each house and this can only happen if the staff and sixth formers take part in a challenge that all houses enter. This challenge can be anything from a sports activity to a spelling or karaoke competition.